During the rallies against former president Serzh Sargsyan, police used stun grenades against protesters who sought to break through a barbed wire cordon in the centre of Yerevan in an effort to get to the parliament building.
In the Armenian capital Yerevan protests against the appointment of Serzh Sargsyan to the post of Prime Minister.
Protesters see the government change as an attempt to extend Sargsyan's rule in the former Soviet nation.
But many Armenians see the system change as a scheme created to allow Sargsyan - who has become increasingly unpopular during his time in office - to maintain his grip on power.
Meanwhile, Pashinyan called everyone to join them on Tuesday, April 17, to block all the streets leading to Parliament, so the MPs are not able to gather and cast their vote for a new prime minister of Armenia.
But the tension ultimately snapped when, in the afternoon, Sargsyan gave his first public reaction to the nomination by his party, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia.
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In an address to parliament following his election, Sargsyan noted that Armenia had no experience with an elected head of government.
Periodically, there are also skirmishes between drivers of vehicles blocked the protesters. Several dozen people were injured in the clashes.
On Monday, police condemned opposition lawmaker Nikola Pashinian, who led the protests, saying the demonstrations disrupted thousands of citizens in the capital.
"Our goal right now is to prevent Serzh Sargsyan from becoming the country's leader for a third time without violence and the use of force", Pashinian said. Some protesters began to build barricades with trash bins and benches. "With this minor inconvenience we are trying to save you from a greater inconvenience called Serzh Sarkisian", Pashinian shouted repeatedly through a megaphone to the crowd. Tensions in Armenia often flare up during presidential and parliamentary elections.
Sarkisian was first elected in 2008 in the South Caucasus country of about 3 million people and served two terms, stepping down when the new president, Armen Sarkisian - no relation - was inaugurated on April 9.