YEREVAN — The Sarkis Dkhruni youth union of the Hunchakian party addressed an open letter to Yerevan Mayor Karen Karapetyan, calling on him to stop the removal of commercial kiosks.
In their letter, the union members point out that the Yerevan mayor’s relevant decision will add to social tension in Armenia. The removal process is accompanied by “police terror” and “outrageous behavior” shown by some of the Yerevan city hall officials. “You state that the stalls spoil the Yerevan city’s appearance. Yes, we agree. However, should you begin your struggle for the city’s appearance with the poorest sections of the population?”
”Do not the previously constructed ugly ‘elite buildings’ spoil Yerevan’s appearance? They have never had anything in common with the city’s architecture nor will they ever have. If you and your staff have set yourselves a task of improving Yerevan’s appearance, you could begin with these buildings,” the letter says.
The authors call on the Yerevan mayor to stop the “campaign that will deprive another several thousand people of their daily bread. They, willingly or unwillingly, will start thinking of emigrating. And no one needs Yerevan without residents.”

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  1. The mayor’s decision to close down squattered kiosks allover the capital to prevent Yerevan from turning to a shanty town is a welcomed breath of fresh air. However, the mayor’s office should have a program to relocate or offer alternative market areas to those affected.

    Also, it would be nice if the weekend open air market, known as “Vernissage” in downtown Yerevan, would get a major facelift with a structured and organized market area.

    Mayor Karapetian has the right idea but needs to work out the implementation plan to find alternatives for those affected.

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