“It is incomprehensible why the [Yerevan] municipality refuses to sanction a rally if it is eventually permitted as a result of negotiations between Levon Zurabian and the deputy chief of the police, Sasha Afian,” writes “Hraparak.” “Or why do they bring in numerous police forces, deploy them around Liberty Square and at the entrance to the Matenadaran, if people easily get through that barrier and reach their destination later on? And finally, the fact that the only legal explanation for the rally ban is that there is reliable information about planned riots and trouble and that a second [opposition rally] takes place without any incident testifies to the incompetence of our law-enforcers.”
According to “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian is basically offering President Serzh Sarkisian is to “get rid of Robert Kocharian’s criminal legacy, break up the vicious system created by him and go for fresh presidential elections.” “In theory, this is definitely the best variant for both the state and Serzh Sarkisian,” comments the opposition paper. “But only in theory. Is Serzh Sarkisian able to break up Robert Kocharian’s criminal system in practice? At least, he is not trying to do that right now. Not only isn’t he trying but has relied solely on that system during the first three months of his presidency. The prosecutor’s office, security structures, ugly propaganda terror, criminal structures.”
“Although Ter-Petrosian’s speech [at the Friday rally] contained new emphases, a number of nice and figurative pieces that pleased the rallying masses, the speech as a whole fitted into the same pattern which characterized all of his previous speeches,” writes “Azg.” “Robert Kocharian was accused of all mortal sins.” The paper says Ter-Petrosian issued “ultimatums” to Serzh Sarkisian while “keeping open the doors of cooperation and dialogue.”
“That young people have backed Levon Ter-Petrosian’s movement is admitted by both opposition and pro-government politicians,” psychologist Gayane Harutiunian tells “Aravot.” “The latter have argued that the youth did not see ‘the cold and dark years’ [of Ter-Petrosian’s presidency.] But they were propagandized about the horrors of the cold and dark years for ten years. And if the famous Russian saying that ‘the Satan is not as terrible as it is portrayed’ is anything to go by, then the youth should have developed a stable phobia towards those years.” Harutiunian believes that Kocharian’s decade-long efforts to vilify his predecessor have badly thus backfired.
“Hayk” is highly dismissive about a newly formed parliament commission tasked with investigation the deadly post-election unrest in Yerevan. “Once again they have created an unserious and ineffectual body that is not only unable to perform its duties but will do everything to cover up the March 1 case because it is its masters that bear full responsibility [for the unrest,]” claims the opposition daily.