Power Protest: Activists set deadline for authorities to revoke decision on electricity price hike

Power Protest: Activists set deadline for authorities to revoke decision on electricity price hike

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A pressure group campaigning against the rise in electricity tariffs has given the Armenian authorities until Monday evening to reverse the relevant decision that it views as unlawful, warning that otherwise it will organize a march towards the Presidential Palace.


A group of No To Plunder activists went on a sitting strike in Yerevan’s Liberty Square late on Friday following a multi-thousand rally that denounced the power tariff rise.

The Public Services Regulatory Commission on June 17 made a unanimous decision to partially grant the bid of the Russian-owned operator, Electricity Networks of Armenia (ENA), and raise the current power tariffs by some 7 drams (about 1.5 cents) - to roughly 49 drams. The ENA had asked for a 17-percent rise, warning that otherwise it would not be able to ensure the reliability of electricity supply within the system.

“If the government fails to officially state about the revoking of the decision on the rise of electricity tariffs by then, on that day, at 7 pm, we will gather in Liberty Square and will head towards 26 Baghramyan St. [the address of the Presidential Palace],” No To Plunder said in a statement on Saturday.

“We call on all citizens to take part in the action of protest and support this demand. We are the decision-makers,” it emphasized.

Late on Friday the Armenian Police allowed the activists to continue their peaceful sit-in on condition that they do not disturb public order by making noise, trying to set up tents or littering the place.