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Unrest breaks out in Armenia capital 

Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Vladimir Putin. Source: Kremlin.ru.

Following an agreement to end the war in Artsakh, protesters stormed parliament, angered by the deal between Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan.

The deal affirms a ceasefire between the two countries and Russia will deploy nearly 2,000 servicemen as a “peacekeeping contingent.” Azerbaijan will keep recently acquired territory. 

In a statement, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the agreement is “unbelievably painful for me and our people,” but is the “best solution” for the situation at hand. 

According to Sputnik News, a member of the National Assembly for the Prosperous Armenia, who was part of the protesting, said the opposition called on Pashinyan to resign. Armenia Parliament Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan is reported to have been pulled out of his car and beaten up. However, during a livestream on Facebook, Pashinyan said though Mirzoyan underwent surgery, his life is not under threat. 

A closer look of the unfolding unrest could be seen on Twitter. Reporter Neil Hauer’s thread captures the “pure chaos” and said no guards or security forces were in sight at parliament. Crowds chanted, “Nikol betrayed us.” Other videos showed groups heading to Pashinyan’s residence. 

The six-week conflict has left a reported 1,000 people dead, according to Al Jazeera. Their correspondent in neighboring Tbilisi, Georgia broke down the failure of the agreement: “There is just a sense of disbelief that somehow this was the only option for Armenia, to effectively admit defeat, and to sign this agreement, with Azerbaijan, brokered by Russia, that brings this war to an end, but effectively allows Azerbaijan to claim almost complete victory.”

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Haley Bosselman is the former editor-in-chief of Culturas. She holds degrees in journalism from Arizona State University and the University of Southern California. Based in Los Angeles, she writes about arts, entertainment and culture.
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