Deputy Premier cheated us, say angered villagers

Residents of the five communities of Aragatsotn region who blocked the main highway to Yerevan last week in protest against the construction of a hydroelectric plant in the region, today gathered in Ohanavan village where they were to meet Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan.

“He [Armen Gevorgyan] agreed to meet us today but has not showed up for the appointment. We have been waiting since early morning. They cheated us. In despair, we went to block the highway again but the local police told us that the meeting would be held on Monday,” said Vardan Poghosyan, a villager of Ohanavan.

The group is determined to continue protests in Yerevan if the relevant bodies fail to attend the problem.

The angered villagers say that the construction of the hydroelectric plant on the reservoir will deprive them of their livelihoods.  They claim that they live off 1500 hectare apple groves dependent on irrigation water coming from the reservoir.