Police were dispatched to the site and detained several protesters as well as Lydian Armenia security guards.
Activists opposed to the Amulsar mine project gathered in front of the Government Building in Yerevan this morning, some dressed as endangered butterflies found on lands on the mine site.
All roads leading to the Amulsar mine site, located 170km south of Yerevan on the border between Vayots Dzor and Syunik provinces, have been closed for the past twelve days by activists opposed to the project. Residents of the nearby communities of Jermouk and Gndevaz take turns to man the four roadblocks day and night.
In February 2017, Armenian Environmental Front published information on philanthropists of Armenian origin who support opening a mine in Amulsar Mountain next to Jermuk.
Protesters held placards reading "Gold to you, cyanide to us?" Cops, caught off guard, rushed to scene to stop the “illegal orb”.