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Thousands of Armenians Protest Against Agreements With Azerbaijan


Armenians are protesting against the agreement with Azerbaijan because it deprived them of Nagorno Karabakh, the symbol of their Christian culture.

Thousands of people in Armenia protested again against the agreement with Russia and Azerbaijan, which ended the war over the conflict area Nagorno-Karabakh. They called for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. "Nikol, resign" and "traitors", they shouted in the center of the Armenian capital Yerevan. The police tried to stop the demonstrators.

Up to 10,000 people gathered on Freedom Square. Today the movement to protect the homeland was born. We will go to the end, stated opposition politician Mr. Artur Wanezjan. Dozens of people were arrested, also because rallies are not allowed due to the current martial law and the Wuhan virus pandemic. Several MPs were among those arrested.

Prime Minister Pashinyan signed an agreement on Tuesday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and the leader of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, to end the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Dear compatriots, sisters and brothers. I made a difficult decision for myself personally and for all of us, he confessed on Facebook.

Nagorno-Karabakh - The fighting ceases

The agreement provides for Armenia to return large areas of Nagorno-Karabakh that were previously under its control to Azerbaijan. These include important connections between Armenia and Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Although the area belongs to Azerbaijan under the new law, the majority of the residents are Armenian nationals.

The agreement saved many lives, said Mr. Pashinyan.

Almost 2,000 Russian soldiers are to oversee the ceasefire. Hundreds of them have already taken up positions in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow.

Therefore Russians, not Azerbaijanis or Armenians, will control Nagorno Karabakh during the next 10 years.

Nevertheless due to the information war being waged in the region the perception of the outcome of this conflict is far from unanimous.

Confusing narrative spread on the social media

While Armenians suspect their Prime Minister that he betrayed Artsakh, Azerbaijanis think that their President sold Nagorno Karabakh to Russia. Russians are concerned that their leader put their soldiers' lives at risk and Turks that their leader wasted all of the public money for war (helping Azerbaijanis) to help Russia. Neighboring Georgians are afraid that Russia surrounded them and is preparing for another attack while Iran that the US is surrounding them with proxy as Turkey.

It is the current narrative of the social media messages transmitted through those language channels.


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