January 31
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The Prime Minister promised to meet in Jermuk since there is a lot to discuss. This is what Mayor of Jermuk Vardan Hovhannisyan told journalists following a discussion on the Amulsar gold mine issue with the Prime Minister today.

“It was a short meeting. The Prime Minister was in a hurry and promised to meet in Jermuk since there is a lot to discuss. I am neither an expert nor specialist. It wasn’t specifically stated that the mine will be operated,” he said.

According to the mayor, the citizens of Jermuk have differing views in regard to the operation of the mine, but most of them are against it. When asked about his opinion, the mayor said he agrees with the residents.

“As mayor of Jermuk, I support my citizens. I was born in Jermuk, which is a resort town, and my parents worked in this resort town. I can’t understand how the mining industry can be compared with a resort town,” he said.

As reported earlier, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Monday met with Jermuk town residents and environmentalists, to discuss the matter of whether the Amulsar gold mine should resume operations.

In the meantime, a protest against operation of the Amulsar gold mine was taking place in front of the Office of the Prime Minister. Later, the protesters wanted to hold a public discussion in the garden of the National Assembly, but they weren’t allowed. The police and protesters clashed, police red berets apprehended demonstrators by force, including environmental activists Ani Khachatryan and Gegham Adyan. Civic activist, human rights activist Zaruhi Hovhannisyan was thrown to the ground during the clash.

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