Police Brutality has began in Armenia even before elections
Posted by kronstadt on May 10, 2007
Armenian state, just like any other state, likes stability, statistics and predictability. It does not like anomalies that erupt outside the neatly predictable national statistical polls. Yet in recent months an anomaly has been growing – originally called Aylentranq, which later evolved into Impeachment alliance. The probable reason why this “Impeachment” is being treated as an anomaly is as follows: while the official and mainstream media polls show that the major players in the parliamentary elections on May 12 will be HHK, BHK, Dashnaks and OEK, this few month old “Impeachment” occupies a marginal spot in those statistics-based prophecies, while at the same time organising ever-growing and so far the largest rallies, and gaining support from other opposition groups. In short this anomaly called Impeachment defies all logic and reason.
Yesterday, Impeachment held yet another rally. The reporters said that the numbers were truly impressive and overwhelming: the largest rally in pre-election campaigns. The rally was peaceful, but resulted in police intervening, beating the protesters and using tear-gas (or some kind of pepper-gas) on demonstators and journalists. Some say that it was provoked, but most reports claim that it was the police that had the desire to teach these Impeachmentists a lesson about the order of things.
If you can understand Armenian the first 6 minutes of the following broadcast describes what happened. (Just click on the “Play” button)
Quite frankly I’m shocked and disgusted, but not surprised… It all has a simple historically-materialist explanation: when a businessmen makes an investment, he must also take care of protecting his business interests. For HHK, BHK and many others becoming an MP and campaigning for a seat is like a business investments, for the subsequent rewards are truly great. What we saw yesterday is nothing less then the Armenian rilling elite trying to protect its business interests. I expected police brutality after the elections, but hardly 3 days before. At stake is not Impeachment’s ideology, but a much more basic right to be able to hold peaceful rallies and to voice protests in contemporary capitalist Բարգավաճների Հայաստան Armenia belonging to the prosperous. Last night the Armenian state has demonstrated its paranoia, and where its fears are. It fears when people take to the streets in numbers. A paradoxical irony: Armenian state fears its own people.
The lack of democratic principles and practice in contemporary capitalist Armenia is further confirmed by the the attack on journalists, which adds another reason to be concerned about. Onnik Krikorian (oneworld multimedia blog) commented “Journalist organizations here and abroad need to issue a statement immediately. Journalists must be allowed to fulfill their professional duties without being attacked as they were last night (I was assaulted twice last night by KGB and police although not seriously)”