I just read a news report about plain-clothed policemen beating several teenagers for handing out leaflets and making pro-opposition statements through a sound system of some kind. Numerous youths were rushed to the hospital, they were beaten
so bad. The attackers even used guns to hit them. Unsurprisingly
, the Yerevan police claimed that the officers themselves were attacked first, which seems dubious.
RFE/RL quoted one of the teenagers
stating that: “They pulled me from the back and toppled to the ground,” said Sahak Muradian
, a 14-year-old HAK
supporter. “One of them said, ‘You too are from the opposition?’ And then five or six of them started beating me. One of them also hit me with a pistol.”
But why beat teenagers? I can understand how perceived insolence from adult protesters would lead to beatings and jailings and so forth by the police or attacks by mysterious thick-necked characters, as has been reported for years. But these victims are just kids. Perhaps the toddler-aged children of opposition supporters will be next. Who can say at this rate of oppression against people using their democratic rights to speak their minds?
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