WASHINGTON - In April 2018, mass protests broke out in Armenia when President Serzh Sargsyan attempted to cling to power through a series of political maneuvers that made him Prime Minister. Uniting under the leadership of Nikol Pashinyan, opposition parties and other Armenians organized demonstrations across the country demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation, with more than 60 events recorded over the course of the month. Approximately 10 of these events were met with police intervention and mass arrests during the first days. Following media reports that soldiers were joining the demonstrators, police interventions ceased and protests continued peacefully through to Sargsyan’s resignation on 23 April 2018.
● ACLED records 130 demonstration events over April-May 2018, 8% of which faced state intervention,
● Nearly 20% of events were associated with the ‘My Step Alliance,’ an opposition civil society group.
● Demonstration events occurred across 35 locations, with over 50% reported in Gyumri and Yerevan, the two largest cities in the country