“We have as many chances of becoming a violent crowd as the French,” editorializes “Aravot.” “Unlike the latter, our society is split along the social, rather than ethnic lines. Maybe our rulers and their cronies think that nobody pays attention to their Hummers, luxury villas, and $3,000-4,000 cognacs. But today’s standstill is deceptive. The hearts of miserable people are increasingly filled with hatred and animosity that could burst sooner or later.”
“Taregir,” a newly created newly, claims that Armenians remain overwhelmingly indifferent to the constitutional referendum. “When you hear those who propagate a ‘yes’, you feel like voting ‘no,’” the paper quotes an ordinary citizen as saying. “When you hear those who propagate a ‘no,’ you feel like voting ‘yes.’”
“Iravunk” says campaigning for the November 27 is becoming increasingly “aggressive.” The paper says this is particularly true for the “yes” camp. As for the opposition, it is “doing what it can do” to thwart constitutional reform.
“If there is a revolution in Azerbaijan it will herald the beginning of the end of the last remaining dictatorship in the South Caucasus,” opposition leader Aram Sarkisian tells “Aravot.”
Another opposition leader, Stepan Demirchian, tells “Iravunk” that the Armenian authorities have clearly decided to rig the referendum.
“The constitution is a public accord, a public contract, a general rule with which the society agrees to live, act and create,” Seyran Avagian, an adviser to President Robert Kocharian, counters in an interview with “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun.”
“The main failing of our opposition is that it constantly hopes to seize power in the capital within a month,” “Hayots Ashkhar” quotes Galust Sahakian, the parliamentary leader of Prime Minister Andranik Markarian’s Republican Party, as saying. “The opposition has no established structures in the regions and shows total indifference to local issues.” Sahakian points to the lack of opposition interest in the recent local elections.
“Aravot” reports that National Unity Party leader Artashes Geghamian received a warm welcome from residents of Vanadzor at the weekend. The paper says local residents braved a cold weather to “see Geghamian.” “People were running after him. One person wanted to grab his hand, another tried to touch his coat,” it says.