YEREVAN. - Hundreds of young people in Armenia’s Gyumri city have come out to street and march from the Theatre Square to the Central Square in support of the protest held in Yerevan over electricity price hike. According to Armenian News – NEWS.am correspondent, the protest is controlled by a large number of police officers.
The young men are scanning ‘shame’ and carrying banners reading ‘No to price hike,’ ‘No to plunder.’
The protests participants stopped for a few moments and prayed in front of Gyumri’s Yot Verk Church, after which they continued their march.
Gyumri protest members may start a sit-in in the Central Square of the city.
This morning 13 activists protesting against electricity price hike in Gyumri were detained. Later all of them were set free. Criminal case has been filed with regard to one of the detainees.
Despite the numerous protests over the electricity price hike, the new electricity tariff was approved at the session of Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission of Armenia (PSRC) on June 17. The electricity price has gone up by 6,93 AMD, reaching 48,78 AMD (previously 41,85 AMD) per 1 kWh. Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) CJSC had proposed to raise the electricity price by 17 AMD per 1 kWh.