Nikol Pashinyan the leader of protesters in Armenia has been arrested
Nikol Pashinyan’s arrest came after few hours of televised talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan collapsed. Nikol Pashinyan then vowed to step up pressure on Serzh Sarksyan to force him to resign. Pashinyan was detained hours after the encounter.
The Moment Nikol Pashinyan was taken by the police
Serzh Sargsyan Walks Out Of Meeting With Nikol Pashinyan
“This is not talks, not a dialogue. It’s just an ultimatum, blackmail of the state, of the legitimate authorities,” Serzh Sarksyan told Nikol Pashinyan.
He said the opposition had failed to learn the lesson of 1 March, referring to a protest rally after his re-election in 2008 when 10 people were killed in clashes with police.
“No one has dared and will dare speak to us in the language of threats. I am telling you, you have no understanding of the situation in the country. The situation is different to the one you knew 15-20 days ago,” Pashinyan told Sarksyan.
“The situation in Armenia has changed, you don’t have the power of which you are told. In Armenia, the power has passed to the people,” he said.
Statement by the Spokesperson of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission on the situation in Armenia
The right to exercise freedom of assembly in a peaceful manner and in accordance with the law is a universal and fundamental right of all.
The European Union expects the Armenian authorities to fully respect this right and to apply the law in a fair and proportionate manner, in accordance with Armenia’s international obligations, including in particular under the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. All those who have been detained while exercising their fundamental right of assembly in accordance with the law must be released immediately.
It is of utmost importance that all parties involved show restraint and act responsibly. An inclusive dialogue, as President Armen Sarkissian has called for, aimed at an immediate and peaceful resolution of the current situation is essential. It is therefore disappointing and worrying that today’s short meeting between Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan and MP Nikol Pashinyan did not prevent further escalation.