Armenian police try to remove garbage cans used by protesters
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 29
The police are trying to remove the garbage cans, used by protesters for six days as barricades, News-Armenia website reported.
The rally participants are protesting against the increase in electricity tariffs on the Baghramyan Avenue in Yerevan.
The investigative actions are being taken on the basis of the statement of the owner of the property - Sanitec company.
Valery Osipyan, the deputy head of Yerevan's police, urged the protesters not to hamper the investigative actions and threatened them. But the protesters are ignoring the advice and do not allow to remove the garbage cans.
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.