RA Police finally released the “shocking” video recording at its disposal, according to which "Haykakan Zhamanak" reporter Ani Gevorgyan, “uses violence” against one of the policemen. We can see in the frame that Ani’s hand rises and touches the hat of one of the policemen and how the hat flies off his head. I won’t even bother with a legal analysis of the clip, because the policemen standing behind Ani Gevorgyan at that moment are criminals who have trampled on the rights of an RA citizen and won’t allow her to walk or conduct a protest in her own city, despite the fact that those rights are guaranteed by the RA Constitution and by laws. The activities of the policemen in no way correspond to a single article of any of the laws of the Republic of Armenia, as assured in the article entitled “They have surrounded Liberty Square” published in the June 3 issue of “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily. The police are unable to justify their actions by any article of any law, although they are obliged to do so by RA Law on “Police”. They cannot do so because there is no law in RA that allows such conduct for any policeman. Their activities have just one name: Gang Rule. It is against this background that a very important question rises: why does the RA police broadcast silent frames and does not broadcast the audio part so that the Armenian public may have the opportunity to hear the exchanges between the policemen and the activists of the Armenian National Congress every day near Liberty Square? These recordings will show that the activities of the police around Liberty Square can be characterized only by а single word: Criminal. Perhaps the recordings will reveal such circumstances that we may all be disappointed that Ani Gevorgyan didn’t manage to punch the policeman in the face. Can anybody claim that if the policeman hindered Ani Gevorgyan from performing her professional duties, or insulted her with obscene words, that she, Ani Gevorgyan, should have hastened to report the crime to the RA Prosecutor’s office? We have the example of Gagik Shamshyan who reported that an investigator had attacked him to the office RA Prosecutor. For a month, the police “looked for” the investigator who had attacked Shamshyan and whose photographs were published in the press the day after the crime was committed. When they finally “found” him, Gagik Shamshyan very quickly appeared in the position of a defendant for having given false testimony against the investigator who had attacked him.
If you would like to know my personal opinion, I think the policemen who decided to keep the 22-year old girl in detention deserve violence not hazardous to life and health. Let’s assume that it is my hand that pushes the policeman’s hat off his head because it is better to have the RA policeman’s hat on the ground rather than have it give any value to the square heads that degrade RA citizens and their rights.
P.S. from the ArmTimes – On the night of April 13, 2004 on Baghramyan Avenue in Yerevan, managing editor of “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily Hayk Gevorgyan was subjected to violence by a gang of criminals headed at that time by RA deputy police chief Hovhannes Varyan. No one was punished for this crime.
On November 22, 2004 “Haykakan Zhamanak” editor-in-chief Nikol Pashinyan’s service car “VAZ 2121” was torched in front of the editorial office. Nobody was punished for this crime.
On the day of the presidential elections, February 19, 2008, at the electoral district 13/16 of Erebuni community a group of policemen headed by Erebuni police department chief Avetik Mkrtchyan impeded the professional duties of “Haykakan Zhamanak” reporter Lusine Barseghyan and used violence against her. Nobody was punished for this violence.
On August 11, 2008 unidentified individuals on Babajanyan Street in Yerevan attacked Lusine Barseghyan. The unidentified individuals assaulted her, knocked her down, and struck her. Nobody was charged with this crime.