By Karine Simonian
YEREVAN (Azatutyun) — Police in the northern Armenian city of Vanadzor have clashed with several local residents and seriously injured one of them after accusing them of interfering with a motorcade carrying Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
The officers of a Western-funded division of Armenian police stopped a car and confronted its driver as they cleared the way for the motorcade driving through Vanadzor on Friday, November 25.
The driver, Rafik Avetisyan, claimed on November 28 that one of the officers sparked an altercation by berating him disrespectfully.
“I said, ‘Brother, I’m as old as your father, aren’t you ashamed of talking to me like that?’” Avetisyan told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service. “He was like, ‘You’ll see what happens,’ and called up other officers.”
Avetisyan said that moments later the policemen tried to arrest him, his 17-year-old son Radik and his brother-in-law, beating them up and spraying them with pepper gas in the process.