On the tenth day of mass protests in Yerevan, 23 April, the Prime Minister of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled the country for the last ten years, said the resignation. There he sent and a government that headed a few days ago. “The situation has several solutions, but none of them I will not go,” he said. Dozens, according to some, hundreds of thousands of protesters greeted this news with a glee. On the streets of Yerevan began a spontaneous festivities, fraternization with the police and military. The movement “Turn Serge” celebrates the victory. Its leader Nikol Pashinian has already submitted a citizens plan for the immediate future, but citizens seem to have no idea how to change their lives after leaving Sargsyan. Being in the thick of things, “Tape.ru” we are watching the culmination of the Armenian protest.
protests throughout the country literally stopped for one second in the moment when Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan announced his departure from his post. Tens of thousands of people in the morning who took to the streets for a protest the evening began to dance, to sing, to organize celebrations. The protesters turned into celebrating. Strangers meet, hug, congratulate each other and continue on together, blowing vuvuzelas, whistles whistles. Cars passing by greet them, zooming them in response to the wave. For all those watching, the few who remained at home, mostly women with children, old people — they’re waving from the Windows and the balcony, applauding.
In Armenia the feast is a nationwide, nationwide, genuine. The exact number of participants to calculate not possible. The rally at the Republic square in the heart of Yerevan, after the resignation of the Prime Minister collected more than one hundred thousand people. Many went to the square and, gathering in groups of 20-40 people, was celebrated in different parts of Yerevan.
the same pattern was observed in the areas of: people poured into the streets and just celebrated. The Armenian segment of the social networking is full colored posts and good wishes — Armenians from different cities and even countries congratulate each other with the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan.
However, the main events took place in Republic square where the rally was made by the leader of the Armenian opposition, head of parliamentary faction of “EFC” (“Exit”) Nikol Pashinyan.
“Yesterday morning, occurred the famous meeting between me and Serzh Sargsyan — where he went. From that moment it was clear to me that he also resigned from the post of the Prime Minister,” said Pashinyan audience.
the Deputy said that after the detention the day it in complete secrecy has taken over the city and was kept in isolation in one of the police departments. Soon, however, his cell began one after another to come the highest state officials of Armenia.
“at First I suggested that Serzh Sargsyan resigned in October. Two hours later, I was offered to Sargsyan resigned a month later. Later I suggested that he resigned on April 25. I listened to all their suggestions and made his own — on your behalf: I suggested that Serzh Sargsyan resigned within two hours. And he resigned,” — said Pashinyan from the rostrum.
Indeed, held yesterday a meeting with Sargsyan, Nikol Pashinian was decisive, one might even say historic. The former at that time a head of state Serzh Sargsyan knew that Nikol Pashinyan is going to discuss exclusively the conditions for his resignation, and live in the eyes of the world. Appearing at a meeting, Serzh Sargsyan announced that this is blackmail. Moreover, the Prime Minister recalled Pashinyan “the March 1 events” — bloody clashes in the centre of Yerevan a decade ago, which began the reign of Serzh Sargsyan as President of Armenia. Pashinyan was one of those who urged the people to take to the streets in protest against questionable presidential election results. To the streets then it was about 70 thousand people, riots broke out which was brutally suppressed, killed 10 people, including two policemen.
This phrase Sargsyan sounded very ambiguous. Many have decided that the Prime Minister hints Pashinyan on the power scenario. After these words, Sargsyan left the meeting in total lasted about three minutes. And a half hours later on the procession in addition to tore out from the column and taken away in an unknown direction, police for the first time actually used force against demonstrators. During the crackdown, was detained dozens of people, including two companion Pashinian — Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikaelyan.
After the detention of Nikol Pashinian security agencies have made strong statements: the police announced the decision to disperse the demonstrators, “having used all available within the law Toolkit”; the national security Service of Armenia told about the terrorists who allegedly planned terrorist attacks in Armenia, and to this end has prepared a 100-150 explosive devices; the Prosecutor General’s office were regularly informed about new criminal cases against the detained participants of the rally.
as a result, the evening of 22 April, the security forces detained about 300 people — unprecedented for these protests a number.
However, hopes to intimidate the protesters did not materialize. Protesters this only angered. After the detention of Nikol Pashinian, the number had doubled. Before his detention the opposition called for another rally on the Republic square towards evening there came about 100 thousand people.
it was not so much the detention of Nikol Pashinian. The mention of Serzh Sargsyan “the events of March 1” was an extremely sensitive topic in Armenian society — was perceived as a “threat to repeat”. This caused a wave of indignation in social networks.
“I’m here for the words about the “first March” — not gonna happen!” — said on Sunday the girl struggled shouting over the roar of the crowd in Republic square.
This rash sentence is not the only “puncture” of Serzh Sargsyan in recent days. On 22 April he virtually declared himself the ruler of life. The head of the government explained the necessity of his Premiership “safe development” and “efforts for a decent settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”
“then at the helm of power can stand other leaders,” said Sargsyan.
the Reaction of people to this statement and the subsequent actions of the Prime Minister it was easy to predict: if the first day of the protests for Pashinyan were a couple thousand people on Sunday evening in the streets of Yerevan came out more than a hundred thousand, despite the fact that the leader of the protests at that time were detained.
— Now be honest, did you expect such an outcome? — Armenian journalist asks his colleague on the way to Republic square.
no, not at First. Yes, and no one was waiting. But after arrested Nikola and Sasun, everything changed. Well, the Diaspora played a role — he meets a colleague.
the Main part of the Armenian Diaspora formed after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Today the number of Armenians living outside the country, about 7-8 million people. The Diaspora plays such an important role in the life of the country, which in Armenia there is even a Ministry of Diaspora.
Armenians abroad in those days were United as never before. Protesters in Armenia supported their compatriots in Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Marseilles and Lyon, Brussels and other cities. The protests have commented on dozens and hundreds of famous and not-so-Armenians, starting from the world-famous rocker, leader of System of a Down Serj Tankian (he hinted he wants to come to Yerevan), the Russian showman Garik Martirosyan (“Respect the people!”) and millionaire co-founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian to Kim Kardashian. They all in one voice — someone softer, someone tougher — supported protesters in Armenia. Their social networks, their videos on YouTube began to replicate the local media.
on the Morning of 23 April on the streets of Yerevan again appeared human. By noon there were already about 20 thousand. The police issued a statement saying that “police is ready to ensure a peaceful procession.” On acceleration, the preventive measures and “prescribed by law Toolkit” it was not a word.
after a few hours, first Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, former Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan said that he would ask the Prosecutor General to withdraw the petition for arrest of Nikol Pashinian. A little later the opposition leader was released and joined the procession, and exactly two hours later it became known that Serzh Sargsyan is no longer the Prime Minister.
“the resignation of the Prime Minister’s original manifestation of Armenian democracy in action. This is a brave step for a true patriot,” — wrote in his Twitter press Secretary of former Prime Minister Hovhannes Nikoghosyan.
In turn, the Armenian President Armen Sargsyan said the decision of the former Prime Minister was a wise move that Sargsyan “to exclude the collision and has opened the door to the solution of the crisis”.
Vice-speaker of the Armenian Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov, who called the Republican party of Armenia (RPA) family, and Serzh Sargsyan — the father, the whole day did not respond to calls.
Nikol Pashinian and his supporters see things. Opposition Deputy at the Sunday meeting said that the withdrawal of Serzh Sargsyan’s victory Armenian people, but this is only the beginning. Beyond the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Pashinyan demands that Parliament during the week, elected the candidate of the people and appointed him Prime Minister, which is the second requirement — will lead the interim government. In the end, the leader of the opposition insists on holding early parliamentary elections.
In the near future, the negotiations are expected between Nikol Pashinyan and acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.
Events in Armenia are developing so rapidly and unpredictably that predict something unlikely. Obviously, only one — Deputy Nikol Pashinian intends to go to the end and very determined, especially after such encouragement the opposition for the resignation of Sargsyan. After Pashinyan was able to do something that has not been able to achieve dozens of his predecessors from the opposition.
the Confrontation Pashinyan — Sargsyan did not begin yesterday or a year ago — it lasts from the middle of the zero. The leader of the Armenian opposition journalist, for many years he was the chief editor of “Haykakan Zhamanak” (“Armenian time”). In 2007, demanded the resignation of the second President of Armenia Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sargsyan, then the Prime Minister. Ran for Parliament but not passed. A year later as a member of the election headquarters of the first President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan fought against the third — Serzh Sargsyan. During the “events of March 1,” Pashinyan was one of the leaders of the street protests.
When the clashes between protesters and police led to casualties, Pashinian announced as one of the organizers of the clashes and made it a criminal case. Year he was on the run, after surrendered to the police, was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment, but was released after two years under the Amnesty, to in 2012 to be elected to the Armenian Parliament from the opposition.
Through 11 years of struggle, a journalist, a former prisoner and current member of Pashinyan achieved the desired: his counterpart left with the words “Nikol Pashinyan was right. I was wrong.”
However, the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan is not equivalent to the victory of the opposition in Armenia. Now it is a parliamentary Republic governed by a government which, in turn, is completely dependent on the parliamentary majority. Today it’s a majority Republican party of Armenia, the Chairman of which is still Serzh Sargsyan. The majority of members of Parliament Republicans, key Ministers too. Therefore, the future political system is totally dependent on negotiations Pashinyan — garabedian. As they pass, will show April 25 — this Wednesday at 11:00 Pashinyan and Karapetyan will meet in the same Yerevan MARRIOTT hotel, where Pashinyan, unshaven, with a bandaged hand, the Adidas cap and a camouflage t-shirt, after three weeks of daily demonstrations — accompanied the passing of Serzh Sargsian.
By Amiryan street towards Republic square is a girl of 20 years. Sneakers, shorts, light jacket, steps skipped.
hi. Answer the question, please: what do you feel at this moment? Oh, hard to say. So much.— Say the first thing that comes to mind. Security.