Yerevan Students Protest Against Per Minute Billing

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On September 6 students of Yerevan’s secondary schools will organize a protest–demanding that the government cancel the introduction of the per minute billing system. A rally will be held near the government building at 10:00 a.m.

At a news conference organized by youth chapters of a number of political parties–young activists stated that the planned protests do not pursue any political goals. The representative of the youth division of the "Stability" party Menual Harutiunian stated that if necessary the young people will demand the government’s resignation. "If the (AmenTel) firm is going to ignore the statement of Minister of Transport and Communication on the inadmissibility of introduction of the per minute billing system–we do not need such a government," Harutiunian said. He is confident that many students of Yerevan State University–Armenian Teachers’ Training Institute–University of Engineering–University of Linguistics–etc. will participate in the protest.

The participants of the news conference stated that the youth movement is a separate force–and is not controlled by any party. The leader of the youth division of the "Republic" party Vahan Babayan called the talks about the coercion of young people by other forces false. Babayan and the other participants at the news conference stated that young people are willing to cooperate with all the political parties and public organizations that defend the interests of the people.

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