I can’t let pass unnoticed a quote by Raffi Hovhannisian, an opposition leader in Armenia and the country’s former foreign minister, in a recent EurasiaNet story that we reprinted. Amid rumors that Gagik Beglarian, the (now former) mayor of Yerevan, (pictured) had been pressured to resign after allegedly beating up an official of the presidential administration, Hovhannisian said, “Many people are assaulted nowadays by government members, but if the victim is not a state official … the issue will never be discussed at press conferences and court sessions.” Can this be true? We know about the violence between security forces and protesters, but I ask our readers in Armenia – are government officials now personally beating people up? I’d like to hear about it.
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