YEREVAN, April 11. / ARKA /. Armenia's Prosecutor General's Office has warned today the activists of "Dem Em” (I'm against ) pressure group campaigning against the transition to a new controversial pension scheme that they will be held accountable if they try to once again block downtown streets.
The pressure group rallied on April 9 outside the building of the finance ministry blocking a major street opposite the building for more than two hours, demanding that finance minister explain why tax authorities continued enforcing the reform even after it was declared unconstitutional by Armenia’s Constitutional Court last.
"We remind that the blocking of streets and obstruction of the normal operation of traffic entails criminal and administrative responsibility,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement adding that if the pressure groups blocks a street again its members will be called to account as provided by law.
“The right of citizens to hold meetings and processions should not be accompanied by breaches of public order and a grave and deliberate violation of the constitutional rights and freedoms of others,’ the agency said in a statement.
It said the Armenian legislation gives the organizers and participants of any protest action sufficient opportunities to exercise their constitutional right to hold meetings without violating public order and restricting the constitutional rights of other citizens.
The pressure group is going to hold another rally on April 12 outside the Matenadaran depository of old manuscripts in downtown Yerevan.
According to a survey, conducted February 13-28 by the Armenian office of Gallup International Association among 1,066 adult residents of Yerevan, more than 88 % of respondents did not support the new pension system under which employers must withhold 5 percent of gross wages paid to workers born after 1973 and transfer them to two pension funds, selected by the government. -0-