Villagers again block highway in protest of hydroelectric plant construction

Over 1500 residents of Aragatsotn region have again blocked Yerevan-Aparan highway in protest against the construction of a hydroelectric plant on the Aparan reservoir. They demand a meeting with Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and say they will not re-open the road unless they talk to the premier.

On Tuesday, the farmers were to meet with Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan but the meeting was cancelled. As the group says ‘the official cheated them and did not show up for the meeting.’

The villagers demand an immediate halt to the construction as they fear that the hydroelectric plant would severely restrict water supplies to their orchards.