The situation in the Armenian capital, Yerevan is reported tense as police and demonstrators clashed outside the main government building, where the newly appointed prime minister Serzh Sargsyan was due to chair his first cabinet meeting.
The semi official Armenpress news agency said that demonstrators attempted to surround and block the facility and obstruct staff from entering. Police officers were trying to open the area which resulted in several protesters getting detained, it added.
photo: Police and demonstrators clashed outside the main government building in Yerevan on thursday monring (19 April) (Picture courtesy of Armenpress news Agency, Yerevan)
Most of the festivities were this year held outside Yerevan, in the city of Gyumri. The main event saw 13 citizens being awarded the title "Hero of our times".
Ahead of a scheduled meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan later this month, Ahmad Alili looks at the current state of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, and argues that public opinion now requires answers and clarifications