“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that anyone in Armenia who gets caught while committing a crime and claims to be a government opponent afterwards is declared a “political prisoner” by the opposition. “And since they are against the government they are not criminals but political prisoners,” says the paper.
Ashot Sargsian, a senior member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), assures “Zhamanak” that the power and confidence of the opposition alliance is “growing dynamically.” “The measure of that is not only the number and resolve of rally participants,” says Sargsian. “In connection with every new [HAK] rally the regime impedes people’s freedom of movement with new and crudest methods. Personal work, ranging from convincing to bullying, is conducted with every participant of the rally. A strong or self-confident authority would not resort to such methods, mobilizing the whole law-enforcement system, security structures and all government levers.”
Sargsian claims that the “huge” number of HAK supporters is growing “day by day.” “It can be said for certain that it’s now much higher than the number of people who gathered in Liberty Square on February 26, 2008,” he says. Sargsian makes clear at the same time that the opposition bloc led by former President Levon Ter-Petrosian will not take any actions that would “damage the country’s state interests” and be beyond “the bounds of legality.” “Herein lies the strength and political charm of the Congress,” he concludes.
“Compare the resources of the Soviet state with what Armenia has and will be able to calculate how long our country can last,” writes “Hayk.” “Nowadays they also repeat often times that country will fall apart. They say that without believing that the destruction could occur very soon.” Many Armenians, claims the opposition paper, do not see the impending doom and gloom. “If we stay indifferent a little more, it will be too late,” it says.