An angry chain formed of women and children briefly blocked central Baghramyan avenue in the Armenian capital today.
As reported by an Epress.am correspondent on the scene, the protestors were all members of a single family, the Isajanyan family. The mainly women and children gathered were voicing their complaints against police impunity.
“We have a workshop at 10 Mkoyan in Masiv district. We collect electrical motors. They were insisting that a road is going to go through that area. They forbid us from filming their activities, they snatched the video camera, while simultaneously shoving and hitting us. The children have received bruises,” explained the cousin in the family, not wishing to identify herself.
The police then forced the protestors to clear the street, pushing one of the old women to the ground in the process. Road traffic resumed as normal. The Epress.am correspondent said those officers who had used force quickly left the area.
I don’t have enough data, but from what I’ve heard so far, they are claiming, that an oligarch, whom they identified as “Sos Tigranich” has seized a production area where they used to work.
They also said the oligarch in question is the owner of Sovrano company, which is a major importer of alcoholic drinks and food, as well as involved in several media companies, including the Tert.am popular online news resource.