Azerbaijan’s Troops Practice Victory Parade, Armenia’s Citizens Attempt To Practice Their Civil Right To Protest

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Azerbaijan's Troops Practice Victory Parade, Armenia's Citizens Attempt To Practice Their Civil Right To Protest

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On December 4th, Azerbaijan began preparing for its very own Victory Parade, after the success in Nagorno-Karabakh.

More than 3,000 servicemen will participate in the military parade that will be held on Azadlig Square. Up to 150 military vehicles, including new military equipment, missile and artillery pieces, air defense systems recently adopted into the armament, as well as warships and boats will be demonstrated at the parade.

“Some of the war trophies seized from the enemy defeated by the Azerbaijan Army during the Patriotic War will also be presented at the parade.”

Azerbaijan also provided a list of prisoners of war it held, and that it was ready to turn over in a prisoner exchange with Armenia.

On the basis of the application of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, today for the first time Azerbaijan provided to the ECHR detailed information on a number of POWs and civilians held in Azerbaijan. The ECHR has set a deadline of December 11th to provide photographs and medical documents of POWs and civilians held in Azerbaijan, the Representative of the Republic of Armenia before the ECHR said.

In Armenia, the citizens are holding another protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

Armenia’s opposition parties warned Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan there would be civil disobedience across the country if he does not resign by noon on December 1st. He clearly didn’t.

Pashinyan refused to step down, defending the peace agreement as a painful but necessary move that prevented Azerbaijan from overrunning the entire Nagorno-Karabakh region.

More than 20,000 protesters rallied in Yerevan on December 5th, chanting “Nikol ,you traitor!” and “Nikol, go away!” and then marched to the prime minister’s official residence.

“The seat of the prime minister of Armenia is currently being occupied by a political corpse,” Artur Vanetsyan, the leader of the opposition party Homeland and the former head of the National Security Service, said at the protest rally.

Veteran politician Vazgen Manukyan, whom 17 opposition parties have nominated as their candidate for prime minister, said at the rally that his transition government would seek to renegotiate some vague aspects of the Nov. 10 peace deal.

Armenia’s Health Ministry said on December 2nd that at least 2,718 Armenian servicemen were killed in the latest fighting. At least 55 Armenian civilians also were killed.

Pro-Armenian government media are reporting that an opposition leader had called the Armenian population sheep.

“A video surfaced where the new candidate for Prime Minister calls 10 % of the population sheep, which goes against the point of view of the opposition, which claims that their candidate will soften hatred and hostility between people.

But how will calling 10% of the population sheep and threats of physical destruction of Pashinyan lead to stabilization in the country? It is noteworthy that Vazgen Manukyan, during the demonstration, indicated as a goal that Armenia should join the anti-Turkish coalition, which also does not coincide with the statements of the opposition.

Opposition statements say that Vazgen Manukyan will only be interim Prime Minister and his goal is only to organize new elections, which also raises suspicions. Why a whole year for elections? Isn’t six months enough? If a candidate already decides on foreign policy, how much does this correspond to his status as interim Prime Minister? There are a lot of questions, and Vazgen Manukyan has not yet accepted the offer of Petros Ghazaryan (the country’s chief political interviewer) to give an interview.”

The question is, also, how will Pashinyan lead the nation when he hides in a basement, releasing videos on Facebook?


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