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Armenia: Water cannons blasted as thousands protest electricity hike00:55

Armenia: Water cannons blasted as thousands protest electricity hike

Armenia, Yerevan
June 23, 2015 at 02:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Scuffles between police and protesters broke out as thousands of activists marched through the streets of Yerevan, condemning the increase of electricity prices on Monday evening.

The Regulatory Commission raised electricity prices by 16 percent last week and increased them for the third time within three years. Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian proposed to meet a small group of protesters, but the activists rejected the offer and took to the streets instead. As the demonstrators attempted to march through Marshal Baghramyan Avenue, they were blocked off by the police using water cannons, which then resulted in a sit-in protest. Police officers deployed water cannons in an effort to disperse the sit-in demonstration, but protesters remained seated. No injuries or arrests have been reported.

If the price increase is not reviewed, protesters warned they will march on the president's residence. The police has cautioned the protesters that they can use force should public order disrupted.

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Scuffles between police and protesters broke out as thousands of activists marched through the streets of Yerevan, condemning the increase of electricity prices on Monday evening.

The Regulatory Commission raised electricity prices by 16 percent last week and increased them for the third time within three years. Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian proposed to meet a small group of protesters, but the activists rejected the offer and took to the streets instead. As the demonstrators attempted to march through Marshal Baghramyan Avenue, they were blocked off by the police using water cannons, which then resulted in a sit-in protest. Police officers deployed water cannons in an effort to disperse the sit-in demonstration, but protesters remained seated. No injuries or arrests have been reported.

If the price increase is not reviewed, protesters warned they will march on the president's residence. The police has cautioned the protesters that they can use force should public order disrupted.

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