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Senior Policeman Fired Over Journalist=?UTF-8?B?4oCZ?=s Beating

A senior police official in Yerevan has been dismissed in connection with a reported assault on a journalist who covered an election campaign rally held by the ruling Republican Party (HHK) this week.

Hakob Karapetian, a reporter with the pro-opposition ilur.am news website, claims to have been beaten up by several organizers of the rally held in the city’s Nor Nork district on Tuesday. He says they attacked him after he refused to leave the site of the gathering that featured a speech by Yerevan Mayor Taron Markarian, the HHK’s top candidate in the May 6 municipal elections.

According to Karapetian, the attackers were led by Ashot Papayan, a member of the city’s outgoing municipal council. Papayan, whose name is high on the ruling party’s electoral slate, has not commented on the allegations.

Armenian News

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