Early morning protests and acts of civil disobedience have disrupted various parts of Yerevan. Demonstrators have blocked several streets, leading to traffic paralysis in certain areas. By 7:45 a.m., Saryan Street in Yerevan was already blocked, and other affected areas included Rubinyants Street and the Teryan-Moskovyan intersection.
Abovyan Street near the Yeritasardakan Metro, the Kievyan Bridge, Komitas-Gyulbenkyan intersection, Garegin Nzhdehi Square, and the vicinity of the Holy Cross Church in Komitas also saw road blockades.
In response to these actions, the police have begun detaining citizens, citing the illegality of the protests and emphasizing the right to free movement for others. A substantial police presence has gathered in Republic Square.
These protests come amidst the backdrop of new Azerbaijani aggression initiated on September 19 against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Demonstrators in Yerevan are demanding accountability from Armenian authorities regarding their response to the Artsakh issue.
University students from various Yerevan institutions have joined the protests and called on drivers to abandon their vehicles and participate. Many demonstrators argue that a genocide is unfolding in Artsakh and that immediate action is imperative. Chants of "Artsakh" and "unite" echoed through the crowd.
Vazgen Manukyan, the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and a member of the National Committee, announced during a rally in Republic Square that protests would paralyze Armenia for three days, from early morning until evening.