"There is no sense in the security forces using Molotov cocktails … They already have tear gas and rubber bullets – and are supposed to abide by the law"
People have been sending us video evidence of security forces using Molotov cocktails for five or six months now. We frequently hear from people who have witnessed this, too, but did not record the incidents. There is no sense in the security forces doing this. They are not gangs of hooligans – they are supposed to abide by the law. They already have tear gas and rubber bullets at their disposal. But today, they have developed a sense of impunity, and feel they can use whatever weapons they want to use without repercussions.I have witnessed security forces using Molotov cocktails against protesters myself. I went to a demonstration against the government a few days ago. It quickly turned into clashes with the security forces, so I took refuge in a friend's house. I watched as the fighting raged on for hours. During this time, I saw both sides throw Molotov cocktails. It was unclear whether the security forces had made their own or whether they had just confiscated some from some of the protesters, and in their rage, decided to use these Molotov cocktails against them.Traditionally, the Interior Ministry keep the names of policemen under investigation secret. So we fear we will never know whether any investigation really takes place, and if so, whether the policeman in the video receives punishment. I believe their announcement is simply propaganda, and that nothing will happen.