(Saturday, June 14)
“Haykakan Zhamanak” chooses “chaos” as the best word to describe the current situation in Armenia.
“There is the people awaiting for something to happen any minute and ready for everything, there is a movement trying to lead this people, and there is the outside world watching all this. There is no better chaos than this as everyone is waiting but does not know what to do,” the paper writes.
“President Serzh Sarkisian cannot decide for himself what to do – on the one hand he detains and incarcerates people, on the other hand he releases them; on the one hand he refuses to authorize an opposition rally, on the other hand he sets up a public council; on the one hand he shows himself as a dictator, on the other hand he tries to look like a reformer; on the one hand he wants to keep others in fear, on the other hand he is courting their favors. People like Serzh Sarkisian can exist only in chaotic situations,” the opposition paper concludes.
“Aravot” is looking for and can’t find a more or less reasonable explanation to the authorities’ decision not to authorize the opposition rally scheduled for June 20.
“The suggestion that this event be held near Hrazdan Stadium is beneath criticism. The same way they might have offered the opposition to stage their rally for example near Proshian Sovkhoz or Dalma Orchards. Those who ban rallies in Liberty Square know well that the rallies once held in this square symbolize the origin of the Third Republic of Armenia and many personally participated in the 1988 protests against the communist regime in rallies that were not at all sanctioned by the regime back then.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” derides the ‘whining’ of the ‘revolutionaries’ about the decision of Yerevan’s municipality to reject their bid for a rally and a march on June 20.
“What is this whole pretence for? Why cry that this is already the 44th time they get a rejection? However, it is really interesting, dear organizers, instigators and perpetrators of mass disturbances, what angered you so much? Wasn’t it that before even submitting your application you had already decided that you would stage the June 20 rally as you planned in any case?”
“Hraparak” carries an opinion by former deputy speaker of parliament Ara Sahakian, who, in particular, says: “It is allowed for them to bring task-force units from near-frontline areas to shoot at peaceful demonstrators and shamelessly lie in reply to the discontent expressed by Armenian students in Cyprus by saying: ‘Hadn’t we done so, foreign troops would have invaded Armenia’. It is allowed for them to privatize Yerevan’s power grid at a low price and a year later resell it at a price several times as high. It is allowed for them to own the banking system, to misappropriate world-famed copper mines in Armenia, to seize 1.8 hectares of land in Saralanj, to share among themselves the fertile lands of Nork, etc.. Also, to kill Poghos Poghosian in a public place for the latter’s awkward greeting, to recognize the October 27 criminals not liable by order of amnesty, to torture and kill an innocent young man who dared to speak against drafting post-graduate students for army service. Everything is allowed for them because besides violence they rely on an important support base – people who for the sake of their personal welfare would auction off public goods, the freedom of all, the interests of the nation and the state.”
“Azg” could not get a definite verification of Lragir.am’s earlier report that Executive Director of the All-Armenian Fund Hayastan Vahe Aghabekiants had tendered a letter of resignation to the Fund’s Board of Trustees.
“Although our sources have not confirmed this information, at the same time without disproving it they acknowledged that fermentations over the discontent of certain Diaspora Armenian trustees began in the Fund’s Executive Board after a recent forum. The reason for this discontent is the failures of the construction projects for a 25-kilometer section of Nagorno-Karabakh’s North-South highway and a hospital. Philanthropists complain that instead of being allocated for the realization of such programs, part of the donations is spent for the purpose of purchasing expensive SUVs for officials,” the paper writes.