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Protesters Storm Government Building in Yerevan as New Ceasefire Deal Announced

© AP Photo / Tigran MehrabyanIn this photo provided by the Armenian Prime Minister Press Service via PAN Photo, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addresses the nation in Yerevan, Armenia, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
In this photo provided by the Armenian Prime Minister Press Service via PAN Photo, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addresses the nation in Yerevan, Armenia, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. - Sputnik International
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Protesters in Armenia's capital reportedly headed to Prime Minister's house after they could not find Nikol Pashinyan at the government headquarters, following his joint statement with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Russian on ending the Karabakh war.

According to a Sputnik correspondent, protesters in Yerevan are voicing their intent to march to Government House Number 1, which is the official residence of the prime minister in Yerevan; some remain at the government building.

Alleged footage from the protest has emerged on social media. According to media reports, the government building is under full control of the protesters.

Protesters in Yerevan stormed the government building and occupied some of the rooms, a Sputnik correspondent said. Windows were shattered on the first floor and sounds of gunshots were heard in the streets in front of the government building. Some protesters reportedly broke into Pashinyan's office.

Sputnik Armenia reported that protesters in Yerevan attacked President of Armenia’s National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan, pulling him out of his vehicle and beating him up.

Meanwhile, Iveta Tonoyan, member of the National Assembly for Prosperous Armenia, who was taking part in the Yerevan protest, said that the opposition was calling on Pashinyan to resign.

Following the unrest, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that all the initiators of the current protests against the new deal will be held accountable.

Pashinyan earlier announced he signed a statement, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, on ending hostilities in Karabakh. According to the Armenian prime minister, the decision, though painful, was made based on the assessments made by people who are most aware of the military situation.

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