“Let’s create a new Armenia in a clean land.”
On April 23, former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan resigned from his post as Prime Minister after 10 days of protests by residents dissatisfied with his appointment. Immediately after the statement about the resignation of the leader of the protesters, Nikol Pashinyan announced a “victorious rally”, which took place the same evening.
The main place for gathering protesters in Yerevan was the Republic Square, where tens of thousands of people left. Ten days later, a lot of garbage appeared on it, so the Armenians agreed in Facebook to return to the streets on April 24 and clean up. Nearly three thousand people were on the page of the meeting, about another ten thousand expressed interest.
At about 11 am local time, the protesters engaged in cleaning. Journalist Deutsche Welle Emily Sherwin published a video in which people wash and sweep the area of the Republic.
“I think we had to come and clean our country, our city, and then start [changing] everything else,” said Yerevan resident Ellen, who came to the square. Another participant of the protests added: “Let’s build a new Armenia on a clean land”.
IT specialist Narek came with his wife to support the initiative of the townspeople. He noted that he continued to participate in the protests even after he was taken by the police. “The development of the country is based on such small, but important actions,” they said during the harvest.