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Armenia: Can the Protests Bring Change?

After midnight on June 25, protesters used lights on their mobile phones after the city turned off street lights during the rally on Baghramian Avenue in Yerevan. (Photo: Nazik Armanakyan)

There have been both kisses and curses. Three wedding celebrations and a barrage of injuries.
 
At first glance, Armenia’s protests over higher electricity prices might appear just another chapter in this tiny, poverty-stricken South Caucasus country’s long chronicle of street demonstrations. Some analysts argue that, this time around, the event could prove a turning point in bringing serious government reform to Armenia. But, they caution, demonstrators have yet to suggest a game plan for such reform.
 
Now in their tenth day, the protests on capital Yerevan’s downtown Baghramian Avenue, attracting primarily the young, have become “a multi-headed dragon” for President Serzh Sargsyan’s administration, independent analyst Saro Saroian claimed. “[A]fter decapitating one head, another one grows immediately in its place,” he elaborated.
 

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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan and editor of MediaLab.am.

Armenia: Can the Protests Bring Change?

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