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The Armenian police arrest more than 130 demonstrators in Yerevan, TASS quotes the ministry

TBILISI (Reuters) – Armenian police have detained 137 demonstrators blocking streets in Yerevan as part of a series of anti-government protests, Russian news agency TASS quoted the Interior Ministry as saying on Monday.

Protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have been gathering weekly in the Armenian capital since April.

The demonstrations, led by Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, began in opposition to Pashinyan’s plan to hand over four abandoned villages to long-time rival Azerbaijan.

Although the villages have since been handed over, the protests have grown into a broader call for Pashinyan, who has presided over a series of defeats against Azerbaijan, to resign.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)