Armenian party ready to defend stall owners at European Court
At a meeting with journalists, Zaruhi Postanjyan, a member of the Heritage parliamentary group, said that "pursuant to the Yerevan mayor's order, heads of the Yerevan communities, verbally or by means of notifications, inform owners of stalls of removal of their stalls", Tert.am reported.
She pointed out that this process is legally ungrounded though district officials refer to the Yerevan mayor's order #342144.
"The stall owners have asked to b shown the relevant documents, which has not so far been done," Postanjyan said. She personally studies the documents provided by the stall owners - properly signed land lease or land property contracts.
"The stalls were removed without any legal grounds. Moreover, policemen, including task force, were involved in the process," Postanjyan said. She pointed out that Armenia's top police officials share the responsibility for that.
"The Yerevan mayor says that 3,400 stalls have t be removed in Yerevan. I agree that the city must look beautiful. However, the Yerevan mayor must realize that they are not only stalls, but also people working there. And depriving a large section of the population of their incomes is fraught with serious social consequences," the MP said.
The Heritage parliamentary group submitted a proposal to the Armenian Parliament to hold a special sitting to discuss problem. The Heritage group will also raise the problem at all the judicial bodies, including the European Court of Human Rights, Postanjyan said.