“Hayots Ashkhar” says the best way to prove one’s loyalty to Levon Ter-Petrosian is to “invent and spread the most implausible and monstrous lies” and to “show that you can easily abandon your human dignity.” “For example, you can say that as a result of the clash between police and peaceful demonstrators the street was littered with human jaws and tongues,” says the paper.
“In effect, those arrested in connection with the March 1 case are not political prisoners but prisoners of war,” contends “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “And as a rule, prisoners of war are either set free after the war or are liberated. If Serzh Sarkisian decides not to declare an amnesty, that will mean one thing: the war is not over. So the popular movement is continuing the struggle and the outcome of the war is not predetermined, contrary to what the regime’s lackeys are saying.”
Giro Manoyan, a senior member of the Dashnaktsutyun party, tells “Yerkir” that Armenian territorial claims to Turkey result from the 1920 Treaty of Sevres, rather than the 1915 Armenian genocide. “At that time [in 1920] the genocide had already occurred,” says Manoyan. “When President Kocharian and, more recently, Serzh Sarkisian, stated that the genocide’s recognition by Turkey would not automatically lead to territorial claims they are right. Because the UN’s genocide convention was adopted in 1945 and took effect in 1951. But we had territorial rights even before that time. So we can bring that up in any case.”
Interviewed by “Aravot,” Ashot Zakarian, one of the jailed opposition activists, says he believes Ter-Petrosian and his allies did not commit serious mistakes in their post-election struggle against the government. “The so-called authority would try to reproduce itself in any case,” he says. “As a result of that, the February 19 elections were rigged and there was, literally, a massacre of protesters on the morning of March 1 … I think the tactic adopted by the movement was right.”
Speaking to “Iravunk,” Samvel Nikoyan, chairman of the Armenian parliament commission investigating the March 1 unrest, says he hopes Ter-Petrosian and Kocharian will agree to testify before the ad hoc body. “The commission and, I think, the public would be happy to listen to them,” he says.
Lragir.am says one of the key points of President Sarkisian’s speech in the parliament was his remark that there will be no positive change in Armenia without cooperation between the government and the public. The online publication says the authorities are thereby shifting responsibility for the situation in the country to the public and will blame the latter for its future failings.