The Amulsar gold deposit. Photo by Tigran Petrosyan for the Caucasian Knot

04 August 2020, 22:01

Police detain Amulsar protestors

The police called on opponents of the Amulsar gold deposit, who had gathered for a protest action, to clear the road. Then, the policemen began to force the protestors out of the roadway. There was a clash between them, and after that the policemen began to detain the activists.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that residents of the Jermuk village have been protesting against the development of the Amulsar mine since 2014. On July 27 and 28, 2020, after a clash between the activists and the police at a checkpoint arranged on the road to the mine, 12 people were detained. On July 30, it became known that the Jermuk villagers resumed their watch on the outskirts of the Amulsar mine after an incident with new guards from the "Lydian Armenia" Company.

Opponents of the Amulsar gold deposit gathered at the foot of the mountain, where the activists' watch was removed at night. The activists organized a motor procession from different regions of Armenia. According to the protesters, the number of the people, who gathered for the action, exceeded 1000.

The entrance to the Amulsar mine was blocked by the guards from the "Lydian Armenia" Company. Policemen lined up in front of the guards, and the activists found themselves on the roadway to the village of Jermuk. The police called on the protesters to clear the road and then began to force them out of the roadway. A clash occurred between the policemen and the protestors. Some activists were detained, although their number has not been yet reported.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 4, 2020 at 06:01 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Armine Martirosyan; Source: CK correspondent

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