By Elina Chilingarian
YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Owners of kiosks across Yerevan selling food, cigarettes and other goods continued to demonstrate on Monday against the closure of their small businesses, which was ordered by Mayor Karen Karapetian earlier this year.
More than a hundred workers gathered outside the mayor’s office to protest against what they see as an illegal and unfair decision that will leave them without a source of income.
Karapetian made the decision following an equally controversial ban on street trade that was imposed by him in January. The ban affected between 3,000 and 10,000 people eking out a modest living in the Armenian capital.
The closure of kiosks began about three months ago and appears to have gained more momentum last week, with scores of owners receiving written notices informing them that their properties will be dismantled in the next three days. Some of them vowed to resist the enforcement of the ban, while others began daily demonstrations outside the municipal administration on Friday.