Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
by Marianna Mkrtchyan
The collision has happened between participants in the rally against the accumulative pension system and policemen. As Arminfo correspondent reported, policemen barred the way trying not to let activists of the movement "I am against" to the building of the State Revenues Committee. As a result of the scuffle, several activists out of several thousands were beaten.
Finally, activists reached the building of the State Revenues Committee and demanded not to force employers to keep back from salary of employees.
Employees are discontented not only at the mandatory component of the system but also at the absurd situation following the Constitutional Court's decision of January 24 that suspended some provisions of the Law on the Accumulative Pension until the Court considers its constitutionality on Mar 28 2014. The Court suspended Article 76 stipulating responsibility for refusing to make compulsory pension contributions or failing to do in time and Paragraph 3 of Article 86 saying that the employees covered by the system should choose a pension fund. Nevertheless, the Finance Ministry of Armenia urges employers to calculate and make accumulative pension payments and employees to choose a pension fund and a manager for it. The picketers call the given approach a robbery.