Thousands of people reportedly rallied in Yerevan, capital of Soviet Armenia yesterday, to protest a violent weekend clash between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. The clash occurred Sunday in Nagorno-Karabakh, a largely Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan. One of the 25 people injured reportedly died Monday.
Members of Armenia's parliament were to meet yesterday or today to discuss protesters' demands to annex Nagorno-Karabakh.
On Monday, the Kremlin issued a stern warning against further disturbances, saying the seven-month struggle for control of the enclave had reached intolerable proportions. The warning, broadcast on national television, said all rallies, demonstrations, and marches were banned. In July, Moscow rejected the annexation demand and instead approved a plan to redress Armenians' grievances of poor housing, hospitals, schools, and cultural facilities in Nagorno-Karabakh.