ArmInfo. Currently, the situation in the Armenian city of Ijevan, where clashes occured yesterday between police and local residents, is under the control of law enforcement agencies, the roads are open. The deputy head of the RA Police Vardan Movsisyan stated this on July 18 at a government meeting.
According to him, yesterday evening a group of persons, numbering up to 500 people, dissatisfied with the stationary posts on the ground, blocked the road of interstate importance Ijevan-Georgia, demanding the removal of these installations in order to continue deforestation and its sale. The group blocked the road several times, insisting on meeting their unlawful demands. By 6:00 pm, ignoring the requirements of the Police, local residents began throwing stones at law enforcement officers, blocking most of the road. As a result, clashes between police officers and law enforcement agencies occurred, 12 police officers and 2 civilians were injured. Fortunately, the Deputy Chief of Police said, all the injuries were not serious. Currently, there are 8 policemen in the police hospital, of whom 6 are undergoing outpatient examinations, and 2 have been discharged.
Vardan Movsisyan also informed that by order of the head of the RA Police Valeriy Osipyan, an enhanced duty regime was introduced in the region. A number of internal troops units have been deployed there. The police chief himself negotiated with activists who continued to insist on their illegal demands, which were rejected. The Investigation Committee of the Republic of Armenia has initiated criminal cases on the basis of the articles of the RA Criminal Code, which are qualified as hooliganism and the use of force against the authorities. 19 people were detained, of which 13 were arrested, the rest were released on recognizance not to leave. Measures are being taken to identify and hold accountable the remaining active participants (about 36 people) of the riots. In turn, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that all attempts to dictate unlawful demands to the government of the country would be stopped in the strictest possible way. According to him, it is necessary to continue to stop all illegal processes, during which a certain group of people, listening to speeches from various officials' rostrums, grin, continuing to do their dirty work. The Prime Minister recalled that the National Security Service dealt with cases related to the organized criminal network. "There will be no illegal compromise, and it's important that everyone know about it. I clearly set this task for law enforcement agencies, no one has the right to speak with the government the language of blackmail," the head of government said. On the evening of July 17 in Ijevan, Tavush region of Armenia, a group of sawmill workers blocked an interstate route leading to Georgia. The demonstrators demanded that they, as before, be allowed to cut wood. The police tried to push them off the highway, but the protesters began throwing stones at law enforcement officers. As a result of the collision there are injured on both sides. In particular, 13 people were hospitalized. In this regard, RA Minister of Environment Erik Grigoryan reminded at today's government meeting that two weeks ago the RA National Assembly adopted the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offenses, according to which responsibility for illegal logging is toughened. It is envisaged, in particular, to double the rate of penalties in the first case of cutting, and if the offense is repeated during the year, to bring violators to criminal responsibility. Thus, as the minister noted, all those loopholes used by a certain category of citizens were excluded. Previously, they, for committing illegal logging, paid a light fine, and continued their activities. Now they may face criminal prosecution.