Home News Teghut residents staged protest for the protection of their rights
News
2008 Jun
11

Teghut residents staged protest for the protection of their rights

Teghut residents staged protest for the protection of their rights

The activists of Teghut Defense Movement joined about 50 residents of the villages of Teghut and Shnogh of northern Armenia who staged a protest on June 11, 2008 near the government building in Yerevan with "Hands off Teghut Forest" demand. While the active campaign by different legal and environmental organizations against turning the vast Teghut copper and molybdenum field into a mine has been going on for half a year now, it was the first time that the local village residents came to the capital to raise their issue. The village residents concerned not only with the environmental aspect of the issue, but also with the legal one. They claimed their rights as property owners were being violated.

Member of the Teghut Defense Group, TIAC executive director Sona Ayvazyan was of the opinion that the struggle would not be stopped as it might prove a precedent for unsparing exploitation of other mines in the future. To use another molybdenum mine after Kajaran would simply prove destructive for Armenia.