Protesters are trying to block Marshal Bagramian avenue in Yerevan - PHOTO

Protesters are trying to block Marshal Bagramian avenue in Yerevan - <span style="color: red;">PHOTO
# 01 September 2015 19:09 (UTC +04:00)

This time some 200 activists gathered in a park to discuss their tasks. The demonstrators are demanding cancellation of the August 1 electricity price hikes and a probe into the operations of Armenia’s electric power grids company - an affiliate of Russia’s Inter RAO.

Police have lined up in front of the demonstrators in an attempt to keep them off the road. Traffic is already slow-going. Road police have been trying ensure the free passage for motor vehicles.

The demonstrators claim that the auditing of Armenia’s power grids company the authorities have declared is a phoney and electricity price hikes are illegal.

The police have taken a group of activists to a police station. The protestors are now demanding their release and warn they may block the avenue to traffic altogether.

As the deputy chief of Yerevan’s police force, Colonel Valery Osipian said, "it is impermissible to use the language of ultimatums in contacts with the law enforcers."

"Anyone who will try to violate public order will go to a police station," he warned.

The authorities claim that today’s demonstration is illegal, because it had not been authorized by the mayor’s office and not a single action by its participants fit in with the law."

"The organizers have exhausted all measures and are now trying to artificially provoke a brawl with police. The law enforcers will not yield to provocations," Osipian said.

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