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Armenian newspapers on Friday carry commentaries and editorials about police brutality against Gevork Hakobian, a member of the ruling coalition in the Armenian parliament. He was forcefully taken to the Yerevan Police Department last week and beaten by chief of the police department.

There is no end to beatings in political and business circles, Yerkir
weekly writes. It will probably take much longer, because nobody is being punished by law and differences are being settled by a "brotherly" fashion.

The problem has much deeper roots, says the head of the parliamentary
commission on Science and education Shavarsh Kocharian in his interview with "Iravunk". We have lost a sense of majority and minority. The majority is now being formed around certain individuals but not for programs and ideas. This kind of majority could not be united and would not be able to defend its members and the beating incident was proof of that, Kocharian says.

According to "Haikakan Zhamanak" daily the head of the Yerevan Police
Department Ashot Gizirian who has beaten the member of Parliament,
will be sacked from his job. The paper reports that Prime Minister
Andranik Markarian, Speaker of the Armenian Parliament has demanded
Gizirian's resignation. "We will demand a political solution to this
problem. We will defend our member, and the police chief should fired
immediately, within two or three days ", the head of the "Miasnutyun"
Parliamentary faction Galust Sahakian told "Haikakan Zhamanak".

The adviser to the Armenian President, Alexan Harutyunian, who was detained for a short period as a suspect in the October 27 parliamentary attack, tells "Iravunk" that the trial of October 27 enters the phase, when he has to go to the court and testify as a witness. "There are some problems that I don't' want to talk about, since the trial is continuing. Some people would speculate that I want to influence the trial by presenting new issues. But the thing is that those issues exist and one of them is the issue of who were behind the false testimonies and misleading versions of what happened in the parliament. I will talk about these issues later", the presidential adviser says.

"Haikakan Zhamanak" carries an interview with the Armenian member of
Turkish-Armenian reconciliation commission (TARC). TARC member David
Hovhanessian predicts that the Turkish-Armenian border could be opened until the end of this year if Ismail Cem's political movement wins early parliamentary elections.

According to "Hayots Askharh" Armenian members of TARC have started an
aggressive campaign, by creating an impression that they want to solve the issue of the Armenian Genocide recognition trough public diplomacy. In reality Armenian members of TARC are trying to bury the issue forever, "Hayots Askharh" writes.
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