A bus boycott entered its third day in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, on July 23, with hundreds protesting against an increase in public and private transportation fees in the wake of a hike in the price of imported Russian natural gas.
Fares have doubled or, at best, increased by 50 percent, depending on the type of transportation. A bus ride now costs 150 drams, which is just 35 cents, but is pinching wallets in this cash-strapped country. And sapping patience among an urban population which has already shown this year how economic hard-knocks can translate into protest power.
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