- Special Envoy to Yerevan and Goris
The atmosphere is electric at Yerevan's Yerablur Cemetery, where the flags of Armenia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh bloom from the graves. In the background, Mount Ararat. Gathered for Independence Day on the steps leading to this military cemetery, families of soldiers who fell to defend the Armenian enclave in Azerbaijani territory are determined to prevent the arrival of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
"You don't have the right to come here, behave well. You have abandoned Artsakh. We no longer have a nation," the small crowd told representatives of the Yerkrapah association of volunteer fighters, who had come to pray in this pantheon of heroes of the Armenian nation. Earlier in the morning, a ruling party MP, Hovik Aghazarian, was attacked by the bereaved families. The mother of a volunteer fighter, who fell in 2020 during the 44-day war, punched him in the face
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