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Taguhi Tovmasyan demands from Prosecutor General and int`l partners  to give criminal-legal assessment of actions of law enforcement  officers during June 12 rally 

Taguhi Tovmasyan demands from Prosecutor General and int`l partners  to give criminal-legal assessment of actions of law enforcement  officers during June 12 rally 

ArmInfo.MP, former head of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Public Affairs  Taguhi Tovmasyan demands that the Prosecutor General and international partners give a criminal-legal assessment of the actions of law enforcement officers during the rally on June 12 near the Parliament building. This is stated in the official statement of the MP. 

In particular, she said that she sent letters to international  partners regarding the violation of citizens' rights on June 12 and a  corresponding statement to the Prosecutor General. In her statement,  Tovmasyan drew attention to the fact that the Photolure News Agency  managed to record the use of a Zarya-3 grenade, which is not  permitted under the order On Permissible Criteria for the Use of  Special Means against a Person. The police had the right to use only  Zarya and Zarya-2 grenades. The former head of the Committee noted  that in the context of the "brand democracy" proclaimed by Nikol  Pashinyan, disproportionate force was obviously used against the  participants in the peaceful disobedience actions. She emphasized  that the police used special means without proper and accessible  warning to everyone, which contradicts the constitutional right to  hold peaceful rallies. One of the citizens, not realizing that the  object thrown into the crowd was a grenade, lost his fingers as a  result of the latter's explosion. <In addition to flash-bang grenades  and shrapnel explosive devices (dozens of people have shrapnel  wounds), the security forces beat people during arrests or already in  police cars", Tovmasyan said, also pointing to the presence of  snipers, which created an atmosphere of fear.

According to her, one of the thrown grenades hit a group of media  representatives covering the developments of that evening, who were  also not informed about the use of special means. The right of  journalists to carry out their professional activities was violated,  and there are also victims among the latter.  According to various  sources, ambulances did not arrive on time, and people had to wait  for help for almost an hour with bleeding wounds. "I drew the  attention of my international partners to these and many other  outrageous acts of violence, presenting clear facts about various  human rights violations," Tovmasyan noted.

101 people, including 18 policemen, were injured on June 12 as a  result of the use of flash grenades by the police.  According to the  Investigative Committee, a criminal case has been opened on the fact  of mass riots during the protest action on June 12 in the center of  the capital of Armenia. A preventive measure in the form of detention  has been chosen for 8 people, two have been placed under house  arrest, and another has been banned from leaving the country. The  police have been instructed to detain another person on charges of  hooliganism as part of a group of people and present him to the body  conducting the proceedings. The necessary investigative and  operational-search measures are ongoing in order to identify all  participants in the mass riots.

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