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The protest near the site of Armenia’s Amulsar gold mine project is over.

The protesters went home, but promising to gather again and continue their protest on Thursday.

Prior to this, the protesters were holding a sit-in, and a large number of police were monitoring the peaceful protest.

To note, the new security service hired by Lydian Armenia company—operating the gold mine project—removed the Amulsar defenders' cabins and replaced them with their own.

The situation at Amulsar was tense, some people were apprehended by the police during the protest, and clashes took place between the police and the protesters. The protesters were trying to move the cabins placed in the Amulsar area leased by the security group of Lydian Armenia.

In 2018, a criminal case was initiated on hiding information on the damage caused to nature as a result of the future operation of the Amulsar gold mine.

Within the framework of the same criminal case, a comprehensive expertise on the expected operation of the mine was later ordered.

After the change of power in Armenia, this expertise was stopped, and a criminal case was initiated on charges of abuses and violations of the environmental law.

At the invitation of the government, an international environmental expertise was carried out in the gold mine area. And Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had announced that the Amulsar gold mine would not be operated unless the aforesaid expertise gave a positive conclusion.

 

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