YEREVAN. - I ask the former and present MPs, intellectuals, representatives of show business, lawyers, journalists and clergymen to come to the Liberty Square at 00:45 am to head together to Baghramyan Avenue in order to create a ‘living’ wall between the protestors and police officers, Armenian MP Edmon Marukyan urged through his Facebook page. (photos)
“Wall is created with one purpose and with one motto: violence should be excluded, none of the sides must use violence,” he wrote.
After the 4-day sit-in, the deadline set by the ‘No to Plunder’ initiative for the government to reconsider its decision on price hike ended. The protesters thus moved in big crowds to Baghramyan Avenue, where the presidential headquarters are located. The protesters blocked their way, following which sit-in started. Early this morning the police managed to disperse the protest, arresting the activists and journalists.
In the evening greater masses of sit-in participants headed to Baghramyan Avenue.
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.