YEREVAN (Sputnik) — The protesters are asking that Armenian authorities put on hold the decision on raising the household electricity tariffs, start talks on the lowering of the tariffs with activists and hold accountable the police officers who used force against activists and journalists earlier this week.
Protests against the raising of electricity fees started in Yerevan on June 19. Police dispersed the protesters using water cannons. About 240 of the demonstrators were taken to police stations.
The protests resumed on Tuesday evening, when demonstrators marched to the presidential residence.
On Thursday evening, participants in the ongoing protests in the Armenian capital rejected the prime minister’s request to clear one of the city's central avenues.
Armenia’s authorities made the decision to raise electricity tariffs by 16.7 percent on June 17. The raise will be effective as of August 1, 2015.