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 Friday, August 7 2020 18:06
Ani Mshetsyan

Amulsar defenders will not allow causing irreparable harm to ecology  of Armenia

Amulsar defenders will not allow causing irreparable harm to ecology  of Armenia

ArmInfo.  For the fourth day, actions  against the development of the Amulsar gold mine continue. As  activist of the movement Gohar Hunanyan said in an interview with  ArmInfo correspondent, the situation is relatively calm today.

To note, these cabins were built by the company to start blasting  operations in an open mine. The houses were built under high-voltage  power grids, which is unacceptable from a safety point of view.

Hunanyan also stressed that the whole world today is fighting for the  preservation of the ecology, however, in Armenia the situation is the  opposite. "We are fighting for clean air and clean water. Jermuk is a  resort like Karlovy Vary and Kislovodsk. And it will be very  disappointing if the development of the mine has a negative impact on  the environment. The government of the country constantly says that  new jobs will be created with the development of the mine. But  ecology is much more important. The negative impact of the mine will  affect the whole country, not only Jermuk. Almost the entire city of  Jermuk is fighting for the mine not to be developed , "Hunanyan  emphasized.

The activist also noted that she moved to Armenia from the United  States, where she lived for more than 25 years, and she is very upset  that the beautiful ecology of the resort city can be destroyed in one  day.  "During the USSR, my father was the director of the Jermuk  mineral water plant. I have been familiar with the problems of the  city, its ecology since childhood. In 2019, I met with  Prime  Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. Introduced this problem to him.  I hope that the government will finally adequately respond to the  current situation. Each of our governments makes mistakes, and the  people suffer. We believe the promises, but they turn out to be a  lie, "Hunanyan emphasized. "Life or wealth? I think the conclusion is  obvious," Hunanyan concluded.

To note, Lydian Armenia is a subsidiary of the British offshore  Lydian International. Environmentalists and ordinary citizens are  concerned that the development of the gold mine may lead to the  pollution of groundwater in Jermuk and Lake Sevan. In addition to the  water basin, the public is also concerned about the possible presence  of uranium occurrences at the mine, as evidenced by geological  exploration data from the Soviet era.  For more than a year and a  half, environmental activists have blocked the road to the mine.  Since this week, law enforcement agencies have tried to unblock the  approaches to the mine, but they failed to achieve visible results.  Jermuk activists and residents stepped up blockages on the road and  went to a sit-in protest after the company, hoping to reopen the  mine, erected bunkers and was about to start blasting the mine. 

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