Situation in Yerevan alarming, police threaten to act more harshly
Armenian police began to pull forces to that part of the Baghramyan Avenue in downtown Yerevan where the demonstrators have concentrated, the Armenian Report said June 28.
Armenians have been already for several days protesting against the electricity price hike. Protesters are currently holding a sit-in rally.
The situation in the downtown Yerevan is alarming.
Armenian MP Nikol Pashinyan has been trying to convince the police not to use force while dispersing the peaceful protest. Pashinyan said the police haven't given a reasonable time for the people to disperse.
"Vladimir Gasparyan [Armenian police chief] said he gives half an hour, but I haven't heard that. He has to announce that over the loudspeaker," Pashinyan added.
Police forces are also concentrated in large numbers at the France Square, and the intersection of the Moskovyan Street and the Baghramyan Street.
Earlier, the Armenian police chief, Vladimir Gasparyan gave the protesters the time to disperse.
He said the Baghramyan Avenue will be cleared of those protesters who remain to continue the rally.
Asked by journalists whether the measures used to disperse the June 23 sit-in demonstration will be applied again or not, Gasparyan said, "we will act more harshly."