“That the opposition is aggressive and behaves very inappropriately is beyond doubt,” pollster Gevorg Poghosian tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” Poghosian says that unlike the Armenian government, the opposition does not accept any responsibility for the March 1 clashes in Yerevan.
In an interview with “168 Zham,” Terry Davis, secretary general of the Council of Europe, avoids explicitly describing the arrested Armenian oppositionists as political prisoners. “I can’t comment on that,” he says. “The Parliamentary Assembly has made some proposals. There is some reason to suspect that there are persons arrested for political reasons.” Davis says he is more concerned about the fact that nobody has been prosecuted for the March 1 deaths of ten people in Yerevan. He also says that it is high time for Armenia’s government and main political factions to lay to rest the post-election political crisis.
“It is impossible to term these deaths a murder because it is impossible to determine who killed whom,” lawyer Hrayr Tovmasian tells “Golos Armenii.” “The deaths were caused by mass riots. The person who organized them can be held accountable not for organizing not just mass riots but mass riots that caused deaths. We can’t accuse the organizers of committing murders at this point.”
Lragir.am says Armenia is one of those countries where power is a “matter of life or death” for the rulers. The online newspaper wonders if the global economic crisis will put the Armenian authorities’ grip on power at greater risk. It says a lot will depend on how much external financial assistance the authorities will get. “They [the donors] are giving some money but not as much as is needed,” it says.