Armenia protesters block routes to capital, road to airport

Armenian protesters took to the streets of Yerevan on Wednesday, responding to a call from opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan for a campaign of civil disobedience to force the ruling elite to give up power.
Supporters of Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan react, after his bid to be interim prime minister was blocked by Parliament, during a rally in central Yerevan, Armenia, on May 1, 2018.
Supporters of Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan react, after his bid to be interim prime minister was blocked by Parliament, during a rally in central Yerevan, Armenia, on May 1, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Protesters in Armenia on Wednesday (May 2) blocked some routes into the capital, Yerevan, and a road to the airport, after protest movement leader Nikol Pashinyan announced a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience.

The ruling Republican Party thwarted Pashinyan's bid to take over as prime minister on Tuesday.

"We will be staying here," David, 19, one of those who blocked the road to the airport, told Reuters.

Protesters also blocked several cross-roads in the city centre.