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Yerevan Protesters Block Key Street

  • RFE/RL's Armenian Service

A youth group that organized the protest has demanded that authorities completely scrap the 17-percent price increase approved by the Armenian government in June.

A youth group that organized the protest has demanded that authorities completely scrap the 17-percent price increase approved by the Armenian government in June.

Hundreds of people have occupied a key street in central Yerevan in renewed protests against a recent electricity price hike in Armenia.

The protesters, mostly young people, blocked a section of the Marshal Bagramian Avenue leading to the presidential palace late on September 11 as their leaders accused the government of not fulfilling its pledge to fully subsidize the higher electricity costs.

No To Plunder, a youth group that organized the protest, demanded that authorities completely scrap the 17-percent price increase approved by the government in June.

WATCH: Live Stream Of The Yerevan Protest (natural sound)



The protesters were stopped by riot police at an avenue section that was the scene of a two-week standoff between protesters and police in late June and early July, in protests that were dubbed Electric Yerevan.

Police demanded that protesters clear the street, but the protesters instead staged a sit-in after failing to break the police cordon.

Protest leaders said they wouldn't leave until their demands were met by the administration of President Serzh Sarkisian.

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