Solidarity action supporting Armenian protestors held in Kiev
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 25
Several tens of people have held a solidary action in front of the Armenian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine in support of the protestors against the increase in electricity tariffs in Armenia, RBC Ukraine reported.
The solidarity action that lasted nearly 40 minutes was held under the following slogans: "Freedom - Equality - Global Solidarity!", "No police terror".
On June 23, the Armenian police broke up a rally in the center of the country's capital. The rally was held in protest against the increased electricity tariffs. The protests in the streets resulted in use of water cannons against people.
Over 230 people got arrested as a result of violent crackdown, including journalists of Gala TV, the Radio Liberty's Armenian office, the Haykakan Zhamanak newspaper, the Hetq, News.am, Panarmenian.net news agencies.
On June 17, Armenia's Public Services Regulatory Commission, considering a request from the distribution company, Electric Networks of Armenia, which is a subsidiary of the Inter RAO UES, raised the electricity tariffs by 6.93 Armenian drams (about $0.015).
This caused discontent among the population that believes the rise in the cost of electricity will lead to higher prices for essential goods and many services.