One month ago Garni residents clashed with the PIU of State Committee on Water Industry in regard with Qaghtsrashen gravity irrigation project, when heavy machinery was brought into Azat Gorge.
Reminder: it’s over a year since Garni residents have been fighting against this project, which shall supply irrigation water to Ararat Region from the Azat River. Garni residents are convinced that they will get deprived of the water in irrigation season. During the conflict Garni residents blocked Garni-Yerevan highway for 9 hours on 13 April and forced to take out the heavy machinery out of Azat Gorge.
Different mechanisms of pressure were exercised on the residents in this time period, while on 12 May they were informed about the new discussion of Qaghtsrashen gravity irrigation project. The residents decided not to allow holding the discussions: the situation became tenser when Kotayk Regional Head Karapet Guloyan, the Chairman of State Committee on Water Industry Aram Harutyunyan and other representatives arrived in Garni to take part in the discussion, while Garni Village Head received them. The video shows how Garni residents received them.
19:21 May 13, 2016