Protesters Give Authorities 9 p.m. Monday Deadline to Meet Demands

Baghramyan Ave. protest organizer Davit Sanasaryan (left) reads a statement  that includes a deadline to government
Baghramyan Ave. protest organizer Davit Sanasaryan (left) reads a statement  that includes a deadline to government

Baghramyan Ave. protest organizer Davit Sanasaryan (left) reads a statement that includes a deadline to government

YEREVAN–As the protests against electricity price hikes in Armenia continued into the 13th day, organizers gave the government a deadline of 9 p.m. Monday to meet at least one of their demands or the trash cans that have been acting as barricades against the police would move closer to the 26 Baghramyan Avenue–the presidential palace.

Davit Sanasaryan, speaking on behalf of the organizers, addressed the crowd at 9 p.m. local time Saturday and laid out the 48-hour deadline, explaining that every day that the protesters’–the people’s–demands aren’t met, the barricades would advance closer to the presidential palace.

The protesters, whose numbers have dwindled during the past several days, listened attentively as Sanasaryan explained that the fight has entered a new phase of urging action for demands that have been laid out from the first day of the protests.

“We are not here to sit in Baghramyan Avenue. Our aim is to make our protests heard at the presidential palace, but we are not being allowed since the police are blocking our way, forcing us to erect barricades. Thus our decision to move forward in order to advance our fight,” Sanasaryan told’s Hovhannes Movsisyan during a live interview from the site of the protest.

“We are citizens of this country and we will decide the fate of our country,” said Sanasaryan during his speech before presenting the deadline.

Earlier on Saturday, Yerevan police issued another warning to protesters, urging them to empty Baghramyan Avenue.

Sansaryan made it clear that protest organizers did not want to clash with the police. However, he added that they were not afraid because they believe that their protest is just and the people have the right to demand justice.

On Friday, the group led a protest march through the streets of Yerevan, beginning at the Opera House on Liberty Square all the way to Baghramyan Avenue.

Sanasaryan reiterated the protesters’ demands, which: the immediate reversal of the decision to raise electricity prices; punish those responsible for use of brute force against demonstrators and journalists on June 23; review the current electricity rates with aim of lowering them.

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  1. State-Of-Emergency said:

    You can take Armenians out of Armenia, but you can’t take Armenia out of Armenians.

  2. Vahagn said:

    Better protesters deal with Putin – he is the master and he owns Armenia and everything and everybody in it. Putin keeps Armenia in his pocket and he certainly has some ideas how to use it in his own favor. All Armenians want to join to Russia but the thing is, that Putin does not want to keep them. Beginning from 1988 movement and up until now not a single common Armenian wanted to be free and free of corruption – they always want to be within Russia, to rob, to cheat. Even in the present conditions all major Armenian businesses are under Russian control and almost all Armenians wok for Russia. Directly speaking, Armenian state and government are non-existent.

  3. grigor sharlakyan said:

    i dont like this….im not an goverement fan,but …sranits lav hot chu galis…tvume te eete karavarutjuunn nrants bolor pahanjnern el bavarari,mievnujnn e tsujtsern chen dadarelu…..hmmm…hetakrkir e um duduki tak en parum…

  4. Anto said:

    The ARMENIAN People are smart and brave!! And love there home land. All power to you.

  5. Harutik said:

    If Washington’s lemmings in Armenian society turn the current protest movement into a EuroMaidan of sorts, not only would I expect a very harsh crackdown by Armenian law enforcement – I would demand it. Better a few dead morons than the whole nation plunged into chaos.