Representative of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) foreign affairs
committee Vladimir Karapetyan, meeting with journalists in Yerevan
today, spoke of the political crisis and tension in the country,
particularly touching upon reported attempts by police officials to
hinder the activities of HAK activists who were informing the public
of Thursday's rally.

"That day, when [Armenian President] Serzh Sargsyan at PACE
[Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe] was speaking of
tolerance, reforms, a new atmosphere, and police reforms, police
officials were hindering HAK activists in the process of informing
[the public] of the rally," he said.

Recall, on Jun. 22 police reportedly asked HAK activists to not
post rally flyers on telephone poles in the Armenian capital, while
afterwards, according to the activists, police officials tore down the
flyers that had been posted. Then on Jun. 25, four youth HAK activists
- Sargis Gevorgyan, Vahagn Gevorgyan, Sargis Khachatryan and David
Kiramijyan - were picked up by police and taken into custody while
they were distributing flyers. They were subsequently released, but
not after being warned not to chant insults in the president's name
(specifically referring to the chant, "Serzhik, go away!").

With regard to the last incident, Karapetyan stated that Yerevan
Deputy Police Chief Robert Melkonyan and Kentron ("Center") Police
Chief Sargis Martirosyan made a "obviously unlawful" demand of the
young activists while they were in police custody.

"I think, for the authorities to prove that they really do want
to reform, they have to respond properly and punish those police
officers," he said.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress