These are videos taken at the regular Friday political walks of opposition youth activists in Yerevan. The police and Red Berets used force against multiple individuals, as can be seen in the video, including punching and kneeing Vahagn Gevorgyan, who was recently released on amnesty, and is the son of one of the editors of Haykakan Zhamanak, Haik Gevorgyan.
Narek Hovakimyan, who was beaten on July 25, 2008 for his political views and activities, was also vocal during this protest. In response to accusations by the police that the youth’s statements were insulting to Sargsyan, he asked a very simple, yet important question. Here is the transcript (starting at 4:58):
“Mister Zurabyan, one minute, Mister policeman, answer me one question…
When I want him to resign, when I find that his policies are wrong, that with his policies he is destroying the Fatherland…
Am I insulting him personally when I yell out, ‘Heratsir’?
I am a 20 year old free citizen of the Republic of Armenia
Please answer my question.
What is it that has insulted him personally?
Have we cursed?
Have we said something about him personally?
All we’ve said is ‘Heratsir’
What is it that is personally insulting in that?”
Not surprisingly, the policeman is completely unable to answer the question. His muffled response is something like, ‘you don’t understand.’
[Heratsir – to leave, in this case to leave office, to resign]