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In response to a question from Armenian News-NEWS.am, Deputy Head of the News Department of the Police of Armenia Edgar Janoyan said ten citizens were apprehended in front of the National Assembly of Armenia.

The citizens defending Mount Amulsar were apprehended while playing dodgeball in front of the National Assembly today.

The gates of the National Assembly were closed today. Security officers told Armenian News-NEWS.am that the gates have been closed for technical reasons.

The participants of the demonstration expressed their solidarity with the residents of Jermuk and nearby communities for their just and unwavering struggle that they have been leading for over two years. They also demanded that the positive conclusion given to the Environmental Impact Assessment of Mount Amulsar in 2016 be repealed and that exploitation of Mount Amulsar is canceled once and for all.

The organizers recalled that exploitation of the Amulsar gold mine will lead to contamination of the surrounding environment and water resources, deterioration of the health and living conditions of people and elimination of biodiversity.

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