Baku, Azerbaijan, July 6
Armenian ombudsman Karen Andreasyan has issued a statement. According to this statement, the Armenian police used violence against demonstrators on Baghramyan Avenue on June 23, News Armenia reported.
Andreasyan urged the police to explain this incident in connection with the events on June 23 on Baghramyan Avenue and Freedom Square.
After analyzing the explanation on July 3, comparing it with footage and recorded facts, Andreasyan concluded that the police used violence towards the protesters.
On June 23, the Armenian police broke up a rally in the center of the country's capital. The rally was held in protest against the increased electricity tariffs. The protests in the streets resulted in use of water cannons against people. Over 230 people got arrested as a result of violent crackdown, including journalists of Gala TV, the Radio Liberty's Armenian office, the Haykakan Zhamanak newspaper, the Hetq, News.am, Panarmenian.net news agencies.
On June 17, Armenia's Public Services Regulatory Commission, considering a request from the distribution company, Electric Networks of Armenia, which is a subsidiary of the Inter RAO UES, raised the electricity tariffs by 6.93 Armenian drams (about $0.015). This caused discontent among the population that believes the rise in the cost of electricity will lead to higher prices for essential goods and many services.
Edited by CN