Armenia protests continue over electricity prices rise

Armenians continue to demonstrate against possible electricity price rise after government’s announcement

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

During an anti-electricity price hike protest that took place in the Armenian capital Yerevan’s Liberty Square on Thursday, protest organiser David Sanasary said that the demonstrations will continue as there is no other way to exonerate their rights.

Sanasary said that the protesters will ask the government to accept their demands. "The struggle will continue until the citizens of Armenia reach justice in their own country. There is no alternative. No one will grant us our rights and prosperous life, we will achieve this in the long struggle", Sanasary told Russian-owned Sputnik news during the protest.

The Armenian government recently announced a 16 percent increase in electricity prices which motivated citizens to demonstrate their frustration about the new proposal.

On June 24, the protest took a violent turn when police and demonstrators clashed, as security forces began dispersing the crowd by using water canons.

According to the Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), some 230 protesters were arrested and some 18 injured.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan postponed the electricity price hike in an attempt to calm protestors down.

“Annulling the tariff raise is extremely dangerous,” he stated.

However, protesters continue to seek the lowering of electricity prices before the new price reform become effective as of its scheduled date of August 1.

TRTWorld and agencies