Coup attempt in Armenia: 8 commanders arrested

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Armenia's National Security Service announced that several high-ranking commanders were detained for allegedly collaborating with the ‘Patriotic Crusaders’ group and attempting a coup.

Coup attempt in Armenia: 8 commanders arrested

Following Azerbaijan's successful counter-terrorism operation in Karabakh, several commanders were detained in Armenia for allegedly planning to overthrow the government. In the statement made by the National Security Service of Armenia, it was stated that the detained commanders were cooperating with the armed group defining themselves as "Patriotic Crusaders" and preparing for a coup attempt.

ANTI-PASHINIAN PROTESTS

The statement said that the members of the organization harbored ideological enmity against members of the government and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian. It was emphasized that many weapons and ammunition were also seized during the operations.

"The members of the criminal organization voluntarily sought to create conditions in advance for the commission of the offense by acquiring telecommunication devices, jamming devices, tools, and equipment," the statement said.

8 COMMANDERS IN CUSTODY

"On the basis of sufficient material data obtained in the framework of the criminal proceedings, eight members of the criminal organization were detained, public criminal proceedings were initiated and a criminal complaint was filed under Article 43 if there was reasonable suspicion that they had committed a criminal offense," the statement added.

COUP TO OVERTHROW GOVERNMENT

Azerbaijan carried out an anti-terrorist operation in the Armenian-occupied regions of Nagorno-Karabakh. After the 24-hour operation, the Armenian separatists announced that they had laid down their weapons, while the Azerbaijani army planted a victory flag in the liberated areas. Baku announced that peace talks were held with Armenian separatists in the city of Yevlakh, where the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988.

Armenia's major defeat and surrender after 2020 caused the people to take to the streets in Yerevan. The Armenian opposition organized demonstrations on the grounds that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian did not sufficiently support the separatist Armenians in Karabakh.

Opponents of Pashinian marched in the capital Yerevan and gathered in front of the parliament building. The demonstrators shouting slogans against the Armenian Prime Minister also argued with the police. While some demonstrators were detained in the brawl, opposition leaders said they would continue their protests until Pashinian's resignation. Armenians, who demanded intervention in Karabakh, accused Pashinian of treason.

Pashinian, in his address to the nation, after the opposition invited him to resign with street protests, said that some organizations in the country were in a "coup plan" to overthrow his government.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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