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Yerevan is not a nice place to be at the moment...

Postby repulsewarrior » Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:13 am

Armenian Police Target Journalists In Violent Crackdown

http://www.rferl.org/content/armenia-po ... 89374.html

By noon on June 23, the authorities had cleared away the demonstrators who were blocking Baghramian Avenue near President Serzh Sarkisian's office, and also forced protesters from their base at Yerevan's Liberty Square.

But by the evening of June 23, protesters returned to Liberty Square in even larger numbers than had been there during the previous three days -- protesting both the electricity price hikes and the excessive use of force by police against demonstrators and journalists.

At that point, it was the police who were blocking Baghramian Avenue after having closed it to all traffic.


The violence on June 23 targeted reporters, photographers, and video crews who had documented the way police used water cannon and batons to disperse a three-day old street protest in Yerevan against electricity price hikes.


Gabrielian says it was clear that police intentionally attacked journalists with photos and video of the early morning crackdown against street protesters who had blocked Baghramian Avenue in central Yerevan since the night before.

"After police had cleared the area, the plainclothes police came after the journalists intentionally," Gabrielian said. "They came at the journalists who had been filming the crackdown."
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Re: Yerevan is not a nice place to be at the moment...

Postby kurupetos » Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:41 am

What's rferl, RW? :lol:
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