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“We sometimes forget that we are dealing with a person who is not just the opposition leader but the founder of the state and the commander-in-chief of a victorious army,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes in reference to Levon Ter-Petrosian. “This means that his objective can not be just a victory for the opposition. His objective can only be Armenia’s victory and also Karabakh’s victory. But the meaning of his political comeback is that he as well as the majority of the people are convinced that Armenia has no future without the ouster of the Kocharian-Serzh regime.”

Predictably, “Hayots Ashkhar” has a completely different take on Armenia’s fist president. “Come to think of it, Levon Ter-Petrosian is also a Yerkrapah,” comments the paper. “At least, the leader yesterday showed demonstrators at Yerablur his Yerkrapah Volunteers Union membership card marked as No. 1. If Ter-Petrosian’s movement was joined by the commanders of just a few militias that took part in the Artsakh freedom fight, do they have the right to speak for Yerkrapah or remember or mark the holiday? … Did they forget how the HHSh administration cared about freedom fighters?”

“One noteworthy thing in Levon Ter-Petrosian’s stance is his extensive criticism of Europe, which is primarily directed at France,” writes “Iskakan Iravunk.” “Let us not forget that [French President] Nicolas Sarkozy was one of the first [foreign leaders] to congratulate Serzh Sarkisian. And in general, France plays a leading role in relations between Armenia and Europe. It was not by chance that supporters of Levon Ter-Petrosian were told to gather outside the French Embassy on March 1.”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” comes up with a list of questions to former President Robert Kocharian relating to the actions of his security forces on March 1. The paper wonders, in particular, why they destroyed the tent camp in Yerevan’s Liberty Square and beat up people camped there if, as they claim, the purpose of the operation was to look for weapons. “And why were all videos of that operation confiscated?” it asks. “Maybe because it wasn’t a search but an ordinary military operation. Mr. Kocharian, why did you want to move people from near the French embassy to the Matenadaran [museum?] If the problem was an unsanctioned rally, then what difference its venue would make? Maybe the reason was that it was difficult to attack the demonstrators in an open space.”

(Armen Dulian)
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