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Protesters in Armenia remain on capital's main avenue as standoff with government continues

  • Armenian protesters shout anti-government slogans during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Armenia's premier has rejected demonstrators' demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Armenian protesters shout anti-government slogans during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Armenia's premier has rejected demonstrators' demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Armenian protesters sing folk songs while waving a national flag during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Armenia's premier has rejected demonstrators' demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Armenian protesters sing folk songs while waving a national flag during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Armenia's premier has rejected demonstrators' demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Armenian protesters dance during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Armenia's premier has rejected demonstrators' demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Armenian protesters dance during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Armenia's premier has rejected demonstrators' demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Demonstrators protesting against a hike in electricity prices are dancing and singing on the Armenian capital's main avenue, maintaining pressure on the government.

Hundreds of protesters gathered on the road for a fifth straight day Friday behind a barricade of large trash containers separating them from police. Others were hiding from sweltering heat under roadside trees and umbrellas.

Following Monday's unsuccessful attempt to end the protest by force, authorities have taken a wait-and-see approach and police didn't interfere with the protest.

There was no end in sight, however, to the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years as the government rejected the protesters' demand to annul the price hike. The country's power grid is controlled by a Russian electricity giant, and Moscow watched the protest with concern.