by Emmanuil Mkrtchyan
Dozens of activists are beaten up and detained after today's protest actions against regular raise of electricity tariff in Armenia.
Thus, some 50 people gathered in front of the Public Services Regulatory Committee and demanded a meeting with PSRC Head Robert Nazaryan. The activists of a public interest group demanded substantiating the regular price hikes in the country, where people live in heavy social conditions. The power representatives surrounded the protesters as they usually do and began to push them from the PSRC Office. Some active protesters have been forcefully pushed into the police cars. Other protesters sat down across the road not to allow the cars to move and take them to the Police office. And here is when the real clashes began.
The high-ranking Police officers fell into nervous hysteria and along with other police officers began beating the activists. A similar incident happened already on the street where activists started a sit-down strike across the road. They were forcefully dragged from the street, beaten up and many of them were taken to the Police office.
It is noteworthy that many police officers are not properly prepared for such actions and they easily fall into hysteria and lose self-control, which shows that they lack professionalism. Actually, the Police leadership needs to tackle this problem.