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> That session did not go well. Sarkisian said his rivals had not learned the lessons of March the 1st, a reference to a protest against his 2008 re-election, in which ten people died in clashes with the police.
n days of protests have brought tens of thousands of people onto the streets. They accuse Serzh Sarkisian of clinging to power after he was appointed Prime Minister this month, following ten years as President of the ex-Soviet state.
That's after a referendum in 2015 changed the constitution, making the presidency a largely ceremonial role, and shifting power to the hands of the Premiere.>>
He then accused the opposition of blackmailing the authorities before walking out. Pashinyan was one of three opposition leaders that Armenian police said they had, quote, forcibly removed from protests later in the day. One of the three said on Facebook they had been illegally detained. A Reuters witness said police armed with battens and shields had cleared at least one area of the capital, but that demonstrators remain elsewhere.