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“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reacts to a government-sanctioned rally in Yerevan in support of the ethnic Armenian population of Georgia’s Javakheti region. “So it means that when the Georgian authorities suppress Armenians, you can protest against that,” says the opposition paper. “But when the Armenian authorities shoot at their own citizens in the center of Yerevan, protesting against that is strictly prohibited.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” that the Zharangutyun party of Raffi Hovannisian considered leaving parliament under strong pressure from Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK). The pro-government party seems satisfied with the Zharangutyun leadership’s decision on Saturday to continue to work in the National Assembly.

“A lot can be said about the unprofessional work and mistakes of police officers,” political pundit Suren Zolian tells “Aravot.” “Yet in my opinion, Levon Ter-Petrosian deliberately escalated the situation [on March 1, 2008,] knowing about that incompetence and basing his calculations on it. It’s a law of physics: when you build up pressure, a single spark can cause a fire. I think it is wrong to look now for the one who threw that spark. What we need to find out is who heightened that pressure and made an explosion inevitable.”

Zolian also believes that the bloodshed may not have happened had the police not spread “false” information about opposition weapons stored in Liberty Square. “They showed a few pistols but an arsenal of weapons was never revealed,” he says.

“Azg” accuses pro-Ter-Petrosian newspapers of spreading “false rumors” about the impending sharp depreciation of the Armenian dram. The paper claims that the opposition is thereby trying to heighten political tension in the country ahead of the March 1 first anniversary of the post-election clashes in Yerevan. “Clearly, a fall in the dram’s value would greatly foster that process,” it says.

“168 Zham” reports that court bailiffs froze on Monday the assets of the opposition daily “Hayk” in line with a court injunction resulting from a lawsuit filed by the Gind printing house. Citing the editor of “Hayk,” Gegham Nazarian, the paper says that Gind withdrew the case later on Monday and that the bailiffs must therefore overturn their decision.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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