The National Security Service of Armenia believes that the pogroms in Yerevan on November 10 were aimed at “facilitating the illegal overthrow of the constitutional order and seizure of power.
On the night of November 10, protesters in Yerevan, dissatisfied with the signing of a declaration on the cessation of hostilities in Karabakh, smashed government buildings, parliament, and the prime minister’s mansion.
The statement posted on the NSS website states that “a significant portion” of the protesters “were supporters of the second Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, members of the Dashnaktsutyun and Republican Party of Armenia, the Will Initiative, the Alternative NGO, and defendants in various high-profile criminal cases.
“The aforesaid gives grounds to make reasonable assertions that the real motive of participation of the mentioned persons in mass disorders was not the exodus of Artsakh (Artsakh – Karabakh’s self-name – ed.) war, but the assistance to the violent overthrow of the constitutional order and seizure of power, as well as theft of property in especially large sizes”, – the press center of NSS reports.
Earlier the department stated that in connection with the events of 10 November a criminal case was initiated under the articles “mass disorders”, “public calls for the seizure of power”, “coercion of the President, National Assembly, Government, Constitutional Court by means of violence or threat of use to commit or not commit any act”. The case involves about 50 people, 18 of whom have been arrested.
Leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev, and Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on the complete cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh from November 10. According to the statement, Armenia and Azerbaijan stop at occupied positions, then a number of districts are passed under Baku’s control, the parties exchange prisoners, Russian peacekeepers are deployed along the line of contact and Lachin corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia.