Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   22 September

Yerevan city authorities resume dismantlement of cafes near Opera House amid protests

YEREVAN, MARCH 14, ARMENPRESS. Yerevan city authorities are resuming the dismantlement of cafes near the Opera House amid protests.

“We have allowed them to continue their activities in the right side of the area,” Yerevan’s downtown district head Victor Mnatsakanyan told reporters. “We are resolute and we want to restore the green landscape,” he said.

Asked about possible job cuts that will happen after the closure of the cafes, Mnatsakanyan said they are willing to assist the employees to find new jobs.

He said café owners from other areas of the city are eager to employ those who will lose their jobs in the process. Mnatsakanyan, however, said no one from the demonstrators approached them regarding the matter.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan


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