Protests in Armenia are not limited to its capital, Yerevan. The government is grappling with discontent in the country’s regions, too.
In Gyumri, Vanadzor, Ashtarak, Sisian, Alaverdi, Kapan, Spitak and elsewhere, people have taken to the streets to say “No to Theft!”
The protests, much smaller in turnout than in the capital, have tended to ebb and flow along with events in Yerevan. As the capital city have quieted down – an evening concert by popular poet singer Ruben Hakhverdyan is planned for July 2 – the demonstrations in the regions have as well.
Vardine Grigorian, a resident of the town of Vanadzor, about 120 kilometers to the north of Yerevan, says that when the protests in the Armenian capital first started in late June, locals reacted “simply in their hearts, among friends, on their Facebook accounts, but never in the streets.”
As the ElectricYerevan initiative gathered pace, a poster advised “Be quiet. Vanadzor is sleeping” in an attempt to keep things that way, she said.
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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan and editor of MediaLab.am.