Political tensions continue to rise in Armenia.
Today, a large number of police officers were involved in ensuring the security of the family of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azvision.az reports citing the Armenian media.
Armenian Telegram channels reported that hundreds of police officers were brought to guard Nikol Pashinyan's private house. It was noted that, in fact, another body should deal with the security of the prime minister.
Currently, a rally demanding the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is being held on Baghramyan Avenue in Yerevan.
Note, Armenia’s prime minister spoke of a military coup Thursday after the military’s General Staff demanded that he step down after months of protests sparked by the nation’s defeat in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan.
The General Staff issued a statement calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, which was signed by top military officers. The move was triggered by Pashinyan's decision earlier this week to oust the first deputy chief of the General Staff.
Pashinyan called the military's statement a "military coup attempt” and ordered the firing of the chief of the General Staff. He urged the military to only listen to his orders and called on his supporters to take to the streets and back him.
Shortly after the announcement, Pashinyan gathered with his supporters at Republic Square. The prime minister called the situation in the country manageable and announced that he is ready to discuss pressing issues, stressing that “we have no enemies inside Armenia.”