Trade Outlets Removed In Central Yerevan: No Way Out For Booksellers

TRADE OUTLETS REMOVED IN CENTRAL YEREVAN: NO WAY OUT FOR BOOKSELLERS, PETTY TRADERS

TERT.AM
18:11 ~U 12.03.13

The underground passage at the crossroads of Abovyan and Isahakyan
streets is in confusion: all the trade outlets are being removed.

A man who has for years been selling books there told Tert.am that
the owner of the underground passage intends to renovate the premises
and all the dealers have to leave.

“They say the renovation will take two years. I have to continue in
another place,” he said.

One of the dealers told Tert.am that the premises are owned by
businessman Karen Baghdasarov, Director of Victoria Trade. The company
is trading in grain in Armenia. The dealer said that she was given
$6,000 for leaving the premises.

“They say they are giving us the money for us not to feel hurt. But
I paid 30,000 to 40,000 dollars for this small outlet,” she says.

“I have not found any job. I have to sit around or leave this country,
the latter is more likely,” the woman says.

65-year-old bookseller Suren Martirosyan, whose monthly pension is
AMD 25,000 (about $60), has no idea of what he is going to do.

“I used to sell books in the streets. Then they told us to leave
and work here. But you can see prostitutes in all the streets, but
they do not prohibit street prostitution. Our parliament members are
struggling for higher salaries, but they never ask how people can
live on 25,000 drams a month!”