Armenia: Change of Regime or Civil Disobedience?
22 July 2016
Friday’s thwarted military coup in Turkey was not the region’s only political turmoil last week. On Sunday, 17th of July, a group of armed men stormed the Patrol-Guard Service Regiment in Erebuni Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and took hostage a number of police officers. The attackers killed one officer, wounded four others, and at the time of this writing, four policemen are still being kept hostage.
“This is not a Maydan, but Baghramyan” – Electricity protests in Yerevan
06 July 2015
Tens of thousands of people in the evening of 22 June took the Baghramyan Street in Yerevan, where the residence of President Serzh Sargsyan is located, as a sign of disagreement with the increase in electricity tariffs. The protest emerged as a strong reaction to the decision, taken on 17 June, to increase electricity tariff from the 1st of August on more than 16%. The situation escalated on early morning, 23th of June, when police used the water cannon against the demonstrators. Contrary to the expectations of the authorities, this action not only failed to disperse the crowd, but increased people desire and readiness to go until their demands are met. Approximately 230 demonstrators were arrested; some journalists became victims of the brutal treatment by police. The demonstrators did n