Armenian police disperse protesters
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28
The initiative "Stand Up, Armenia" continues the promised disobedience. Protests continued at the intersection of Amiryan and Koghbatsu streets. However, the police chased them away violently and returned to the sidewalk, News.am reported.
Activists promised to start sit-in protest from July 27. The police prevented the realization of this idea.
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.
"Stand up, Armenia!" movement demands to cancel the decision of Armenia's Commission on Regulation of Public Services on increasing the electricity tariffs till Aug.1. If the demands are not fulfilled, the participants of the movement intend to continue the protests.