Police deny using disproportionate force, say strongest measure taken so far was merely use of shields
YEREVAN, MAY 18, ARMENPRESS. The Deputy Police Chief of Armenia Colonel Ara Fidanyan denies accusations that the police are using disproportionate force against the anti-government demonstrators in Yerevan.
He even said that so far the police haven’t even used any special riot control measures, with the exception of one case when officers had to equip themselves with shields.
At a session of the parliamentary committee on defense and security affairs, the Chair of the Committee Andranik Kocharyan asked Fidanyan whether or not Yerevan is “paralyzed”, something the leaders of the opposition demonstrators vowed to achieve by blocking streets.
“Naturally, neither the city nor any state body is paralyzed,” Colonel Fidanyan said.
The civil disobedience actions are ongoing for nearly 20 days in Yerevan, and Fidanyan said they haven’t even deployed any special measures with the exception of one case. “And these special measures were merely the shields. The police haven’t deployed any special measures,” the colonel said, addressing accusations that the officers are using disproportionate force.