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“Hayots Ashkhar” is frustrated with the Armenian government’s and opposition’s failure to embark on a “dialogue.” “At issue is not who will win and who will destroy whom,” says the paper. “In fact, the main meaning of their life is struggle. The parties just can’t live without each other.”

According to “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” the dominant sense among the country’s population is that “things can not continue like this.” “The situation did get out of the regime’s control,” claims the opposition paper. “It did first of all because the regime can no longer control even its power base. Nobody takes Serzh Sarkisian seriously. Tigran Sarkisian is an object of widespread ridicule. Robert Kocharian effectively does not exist anymore, despite spreading rumors that he is still in power.” This “anarchy” can not last long, concludes the paper.

Citing a leader of the Armenian community in Tbilisi, Arnold Stepanian, “Azg” reports that at least one member of the Armenian opposition wanted by the authorities remains in Georgian custody. Stepanian refuses to name that person, saying only that he was placed under two-month arrest. Stepanian also says that that more than 50 Armenian oppositionists fled to Georgia following the March 1 clashes in Yerevan. “According to our information, all of them appear to have already left Georgia by various means,” he says.

“Zhamanak Yerevan” carries what it calls an eyewitness account of those clashes. The unidentified witness says it all started after security officers hidden behind interior police troops fired live rounds into the crowd. “We had nothing in our hands,” he says. “Gor Kloyan was one of the first victims. He was killed in a grenade blast. After Gor was [fatally] wounded some of the guys went home. They saw that they are not only firing but also throwing gas and combat grenades at us.”

“The opposition press and politicians claim that Serzh Sarkisian is unable to get rid of Robert Kocharian or his shadow,” notes “Taregir.” “He can’t even make his driver and closest friend the chief of his own security detail. In response to this, government supporters claim that the oppositionists loyal to Levon Ter-Petrosian have gone mad.”

(Armen Dulian)
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