“Hayots Ashkhar” says the Armenian public has been indifferent to the latest campaign in support of the closed A1+ launched by journalists and civil rights activists. “If even the most emancipated and independent person has no money, he will not care about generalized talk of freedom of speech,” argues the paper. “There is no use in getting a 40-year-woman, who looks like a 50-year-old because she stands in the market in heat and cold for 10 hours a day, to struggle for the sake of press freedom. Why would that woman need freedom of speech?” The paper says Armenians were equally indifferent to the first anniversary of last spring’s dramatic events that was marked by the opposition this week.
“The opposition has been at the center of mass media attention for the past two years,” continues “Hayots Ashkhar.” “The media have wily nilly shown the de facto collapse of the opposition for two years running.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” finds Wednesday conference of the opposition Artarutyun alliance “extremely militant.” “However, the opposition leaders’ emphases were not in tune with the mood of rank-and-file activists. True, their speeches did paint the real picture of the situation in the country. But no ways of overcoming it … were suggested. That is why many left the conference hall dissatisfied.”
“Aravot” editorializes that reforms of Armenia’s education sector have yielded few results because young Armenians see “who has reached success in this life, enjoys wealth, authority, villas, jeeps, bodyguards and so on” once they go to school. “Doesn’t a child realize, from the age of 6 or 7, that the mentioned individuals did not achieve all of that thanks to education, science, knowledge or intellect. The expression of those individuals’ faces shows that their ‘success story’ consists of plundering, cheating and flattering rulers. In this situation, a child has no incentives, no motives to study.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says fresh hopes that Armen Sarkisian, Armenia’s former prime minister who remains based in London, will lead the Armenian opposition “seem to be dashed.” The paper claims that the ex-premier is “making active efforts to create a positive image in the West for Serzh Sarkisian.” “Western centers often turn to [Armen] Sarkisian for Armenia-related analyses. And in those analyses Serzh Sarkisian is portrayed as not only the most influential but also the most progressive politician of Armenia.”
“Golos Armenii” writes that this week’s conference of Hanrapetutyun, Armenia’s most radical opposition party, will see a showdown between its two top leaders: Aram Sarkisian and Albert Bazeyan. The paper says Bazeyan is more popular among war veterans affiliated with the Yerkrapah Union than Sarkisian. Quite a few of them are also Hanrapetutyun members.