YEREVAN, August 5 – Sputnik. The police began to question the drive of activists in Jermuk. A few people already seated in the police car. The campaign turned into a brawl between police and activists.
“People, put your hands below the camera recorded – we have a peaceful purpose,” shouted the protesters.
At the moment, the activists are not allow to drive the police car in which the detainees.
Earlier, residents of Jermuk and adjacent villages gathered at a spontaneous protest. As he said in an interview with Sputnik Armenia Jermuk resident, an opponent of the exploitation of Amulsar mine Chirac Buniatyan, the activists put forward three demands: remove the trailers Lydian Armenia to solve the issue with a new security Amulsar mine, which deals with incitement, and most importantly – to decide on further fate of the mine.
He noted that it is unknown to what hours the activists will continue the action. If necessary, they will apply “methods of the Prime Minister” and block the highway.
The police demanded from the activists to disperse and to observe social distance. Many of those present came to the rally without a mask. As you know, in the framework of the epidemiological situation in the country and the state of emergency, this is a gross violation of the norms.
In recent weeks, law enforcement officers deal with the area of the mine. The management company Lydian International has set several trailers on the road. Activists believe that the company has taken over the public realm. The action began yesterday, the same day were detained 14 people.
Amulsar mine is the second gold reserves in Armenia. It is located on the border of Vayots Dzor and Syunik regions, about 10 km from the Spa town of Jermuk and Kechut reservoir associated with the lake Sevan. Because of this, the activists are protesting against the development and exploitation of the Deposit.
After the “velvet revolution” in 2018 the way to the mine was blocked by the protesters. In 2019, the Lebanese company “Alard” was an examination of the impact of the mine on the environment. The results of the audit documented that all risks are manageable. This did not convince the opponents of the mine operation, they are still protesting against the development, which, according to them and the environmentalists, can lead to environmental disaster in the basin of Sevan and the destruction of Jermuk resort town. The question is still effectively hanging in the air.