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Armenian police confront anti-government protesters

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Clashes broke out between Armenian police and anti-government protesters near the main government headquarters in Yerevan’s capital on Monday (May 30th).

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.

Protests have been raging for weeks against possible concessions on disputed territory with neighboring Azerbaijan. Anger erupted in the streets after Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that the international community wanted Armenia to “lower the bar” in terms of its claims to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Armenian police clash with protesters in Yerevan’s capital, angry after Armenia wants to make concessions to Azerbaijan

The Nagorno-Karabakh enclave is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but was populated and fully controlled by ethnic Armenians until they lost a six-week war to Azerbaijan in 2020.

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A Russian-mediated peace deal that ended the war has led to a significant loss of territory for Armenia.

Armenia is now a close ally of Russia, which has a military base in the northwest of the country, and has sent peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh under the agreement that ended the fight in 2020.

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