Police dispersed the demonstrators on Baghramian Avenue in the heart of the city, who opposed the increase in electricity prices. “Interfax” with reference to press Secretary of the Armenian police Ashot Againan reports that detained 48 people. Activists blocked the Central streets of the Armenian capital on the evening of September 11, then the law enforcement officers stated that citizens must vacate the roadway until 05:00 a.m. local time (04:00 GMT). Photos from the field publish portal news.am.
At night the”Caucasian knot” wrote that on the Avenue, there are approximately 100 people. According to the Agency “news-Armenia”to 5 a.m. on the street were a few dozen people. TASS indicates that there were about 60.
The police “Interfax” was told that any special means to activists was not used. “There were no injuries,” – said the Agency interlocutor. Meanwhile, according to the information of the “Caucasian knot”, one of the citizens became ill, he needed the help of doctors. After the resumption of traffic on the Avenue drove the cannons that washed the roadway.
In the evening, when the protesters failed to go to the presidential residence because of a police cordon, began a sit-down strike. The demonstrators, among other things, read the decision of the European court of human rights stating that “if the rally is peaceful, the police should help them”, and “in the case of dispersal of the rally, all responsibility is shifted to the police”.
Before the dispersal of the picket guards were given half an hour the protesters to leave the carriageway. As stated by the publication, law enforcement officers, are completely legitimate.
“Police issued a statement, noting that the actions of the participants contradict the legislation, explained. In this case, the text of the statement in print Hrazdan participants, including describing its journalists. Given a specific deadline, after which the police may carry out its assigned functions. Her actions are completely legal and legitimate”, – quotes the words of Aharonian “news-Armenia”.
In a statement, in particular, said: “the Assertion that a peaceful Assembly is absolute and cannot be denied or terminated, baseless”. Block Avenue, police explained, violate the interests of society.
Demonstration on Baghramian Avenue occurred after a short rally on the Freedom square. The activists of the movement “No to the plunder!”, an organizer of the protest events, the newly announced intentions to resume the protest.
A week ago at the Republic square in Yerevan took place agreed with the authorities in an anti-government rally, which was attended by about 50 people. The event was organized by representatives of the movement “get Up, Armenia!”
Mass demonstrations in Yerevan and other cities of the Republic began in mid-June after the authorities decided to increase the electricity tariff. Amid protests, the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has postponed the rate increase at the time of the audit company “Electric networks of Armenia”, which is 100% owned by the Russian JSC “inter RAO”.
On the morning of July 6, police finally cleared the protesters from the Baghramyan Avenue. In late July, members of the movement “get Up, Armenia!” threatened to resume protests if the government did not explain how will be subsidized tariffs.