Former residents of Artsvashen, now in Azerbaijan, who have been resettled to Chambarak have long been protesting both in the capital and their town. The demand from the government is to provide a housing compensation they are entitled to for their woeful housing conditions. After the “Velvet Revolution” of Arpil they have been writing letters to the new government but to no avail. These people are protesting in Yerevan, in front of the Government building today, on September 20.
Elen, former resident of Artsvashen, informed Epress.am that they have come to Yerevan “to report Prime Minister Pashinyan on the issue.”
“We have nothing against the new government, we just want the Prime-Minister to receive us and listen to us, to either say yes, or no. If no, then we will write “a letter to the Russian tzar” (meaning they will write to international organizations),” said the woman from Chambarak.
The Prime-Minister did come up to the former Artsvashentsis after the ministerial meeting and promised to study their case, also assigned Suren Papikyan, Minister of Territorial Administration and Development to accommodate this issue. The protesters have agreed to select delegates and meet the representatives of the government again on October 2.
“Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Artsvashentsis are with you, dukhov!” said those gathered at the government building.
For more about the problem of former Artsvashen residents, read here.