Protest action of opponents of gold mining at the Amulsar mine, Yerevan, August 19, 2019. Screenshot from video posted at:

19 August 2019, 19:26

Authorities discuss Amulsar gold mine operation amid protests

Today, at the residence of the Armenian President, there has been a meeting on the issue of the Amulsar gold mine operation. Activists gathered in front of the residence. The authorities refused to conduct a new environmental impact assessment, while delegates of the protesters accused Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of reluctance to negotiate with the opponents of the mine operation.

The "Caucasian Knot" reported that on August 14, the Investigating Committee (IC) of Armenia published the conclusion of an international expert group, according to which the environmental risks during the operation of the Amulsar mine are minimal. On August 15, activists stated that the IC had presented wrong results of the ecological examination. They demanded a personal meeting with Nikol Pashinyan to present him with their research results. On August 16, more than 1000 participants of the gathering in Jermuk sent Nikol Pashinyan a letter with the demand to ban the operation of the Amulsar gold mine.

At the residence of the Armenian President, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan organized a meeting on the issue of the Amulsar gold mine operation and invited to it members of the Council of Elders and Jermuk Mayor, ecologists, school principals, owners of local hotels, as well as five activists who protested against the gold mine operation.

Five activists invited to the meeting have gathered in front of the presidential residence in Yerevan together with other protesters. The protest rally involves several hundred people. Some of the protesters stay directly in front of the building, while the others do not leave the opposite side of the street. The protesters are chanting the slogan: "We are the masters of our country," the "Sputnik Armenia" reports.

Activist Anna Shakhnazaryan, who was invited to the meeting, attended it, but left the building without waiting for the completion of the discussion. According to Anna Shakhnazaryan, at the meeting, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said there was no need for a new environmental impact assessment. The activist accused the Prime Minister of reluctance to find consensus and of "turning the results of the environmental examination upside down." Ani Khachatryan, another activist, left the meeting and said that the fight against the Amulsar gold mine operation would be continued.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 19, 2019 at 03:07 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

All news

September 21, 2019 22:04

September 21, 2019 21:56

  • Journalists beaten up in Ingushetia assess prospects of their complaints to ECtHR

    The journalists and rights defenders, who suffered, when their minibus of the Joint Mobile Group (JMG) was attacked in Ingushetia in 2016, have complained to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), indicating violations of five articles of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). However, the victims have no hope that their complaints to the ECtHR will contribute to the resumption of an effective investigation of their case in Russia.

September 21, 2019 15:21

  • Residents of South Ossetia mark Republic Day with parade and mass festivities

    On the occasion of the Republic Day in South Ossetia, four days-off were announced, September 20-23. According to the tradition, residents of Tskhinvali, the capital, came to the military parade and festivities, although not everyone knows the meaning of the holiday. In 1990, with the proclamation of the South Ossetian Republic, the process of the collapse of the USSR began, said Mamuka Areshidze, a Georgian political analyst.

September 21, 2019 15:17

September 21, 2019 11:38

News archive