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.