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Armenia: Shower of rain doesn't stop utility protests in Yerevan01:03

Armenia: Shower of rain doesn't stop utility protests in Yerevan

Armenia, Yerevan
June 25, 2015 at 04:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of citizens continued their anti-government protest in the centre of Yerevan as a shower of rain poured down over the city, Thursday afternoon. Protests have been going on for six days on a row over electricity prices.

Many of the protesters covered themselves under a plastic shelter, while they continued chanting and holding banners with electricity signs. Some of them also held Armenian flags and umbrellas with Armenian colours.

On June 17 the Public Services Regulatory Committee (PSRC) announced that energy prices would be increased by 16 percent, raising them for the third time in three years. Protesters have been taking to the streets since Friday, even after 200 were arrested and the police started to deploy water cannons. Wednesday's rally remained peaceful, but protesters continue to call for the government to release the detained demonstrators.

The Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has reportedly offered to meet a small group of activists, but the protesters have reportedly rejected the proposition.

Armenia: Shower of rain doesn't stop utility protests in Yerevan01:03
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Thousands of citizens continued their anti-government protest in the centre of Yerevan as a shower of rain poured down over the city, Thursday afternoon. Protests have been going on for six days on a row over electricity prices.

Many of the protesters covered themselves under a plastic shelter, while they continued chanting and holding banners with electricity signs. Some of them also held Armenian flags and umbrellas with Armenian colours.

On June 17 the Public Services Regulatory Committee (PSRC) announced that energy prices would be increased by 16 percent, raising them for the third time in three years. Protesters have been taking to the streets since Friday, even after 200 were arrested and the police started to deploy water cannons. Wednesday's rally remained peaceful, but protesters continue to call for the government to release the detained demonstrators.

The Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has reportedly offered to meet a small group of activists, but the protesters have reportedly rejected the proposition.

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