A few minutes had passed since the signing of the peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan when, on the evening of November 9, a group of men went to the home of the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyán. Gone was the country’s Parliament, which had been taken and besieged by protesters and from where the speaker of the lower houseAfter being beaten, he was evacuated by ambulance.
But after that, it was the turn of Pashinyán, the most responsible, according to his detractors, for everything that had happened: that Armenia capitulate to Azerbaijan, that he Upper Karabakh -the region for which both countries dispute- lost more than half of the territory it controlled before the war began in September, that thousands of young people died at the front for nothing and that, furthermore, it was lost Download, the second largest city in the Karabakh.
The protesters arrived and entered the prime minister’s residence: it was empty of people but not objects. They were recorded robbing him various watches, laughing in his wife’s clothes and trying on her perfumes.
That was the first night. Others came later, some also violent. But since then, daily, demonstrations against Pashinyán and in favor of his resignation they are concatenated in Yerevan.
The process It is always the same: protesters block a couple of streets and, as in Armenia, since the beginning of the war, the martial law and demonstrations are prohibited, police arrives at the scene, identifies the Protestants and arrests a few. One of them, a few days ago, was Armen Khachikyán, professor at Brusov State University from Erevan.
“With the arrests they try to silence us. They took me to the police station and held me there for three hours. Then they put me a fine of 400,000 drams [670 euros], against which I will appeal. This Government, and especially the Prime Minister, have lost the war, and cannot continue. They failed in decision-making and the negotiation process”, dice Khachikyán.
Victory in defeat
One of the most criticized issues Pashinyan is that his government lied throughout the war. Yerevan and all of Armenia, during the six weeks of conflict, was littered with posters praising the heroic work of the Armenian Army, which, they claimed, managed to stop all the offensives launched by the Azerbaijani enemy.
The reality, however, was different: Azerbaijani forces penetrated the Karabakh at breakneck speed, aided by the Turkish and Israeli drones, who dominated the skies of war. Armenian victory chants stopped with the signing of the armistice on November 9.
Then came the silence and now, two weeks later, constant rumors of early elections and resignations in the Government: the foreign minister has left his post and that of Defending he was fired before he submitted his resignation. The pressure against Pashinyán is so great that the Armenian prime minister, for a whole week, was in hiding unaccounted for. His chief of staff assured that the secret services disrupted a plan to assassinate him.
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, also, has contradicted him in public assuring that if Pashinyán had wanted, the war would have ended sooner and in better terms to Armenia.
However, Pashinyán, although it has lost credibility, remains a popular leader, who came to power two years ago after leading a revolution against the ancient Armenian kleptomaniac regime, which based its power on large-scale institutional corruption. His survival, however, in the coming weeks and months, will not be easy: after all, he is the prime minister who has capitulated to the enemy. And that, in a country of 3.5 million, where calling someone a traitor is the order of the day, it is not an easy label to leave behind.
Khachikyan is clear: “Pashinyán cannot continue, has shown that it is not suitable. In my opinion, people from previous governments would not have to return either. We need someone who can get the country out of this crisis & rdquor ;.
Azerbaijan celebrates victory
Meanwhile, the other side celebrates victory. The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, who in summer was accused of being a coward for not conquering the Karabakh, is now a war hero for yours. Azerbaijan has declared its victory, but the dispute with Armenia is far from resolved: Stepanakert, the capital of Upper Karabakh, is still controlled by the Armenians, in addition to two other regions: Martuni y Martakert.
Now, Baku, as stipulated by the ceasefire, it expects its rivals to hand over the surrounding provinces: Kelbajar and Lachín. Aghdam, which was once a city of 100,000 inhabitants, was delivered this past Saturday.