“An angry mob is certainly a terrible thing,” “Aravot” writes in an editorial on the demonstrations in Egypt. “But one wonders what has made people angry. Misery or, as they think in Russia, imperialist conspiracies? The truth is definitely unique. An accurate perception of that unique truth is hampered by delusions that have taken root in people’s brains over decades and sometimes centuries. In this case [they stem from] the post-Soviet legend that the state can achieve success only by enslaving people and that all dictators are therefore great state builders and strong leaders making their countries prosperous.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says Armenia and Azerbaijan have heightened their attention towards Lithuania after it took over from Kazakhstan the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe this month. “The failure of Kazakh diplomacy [in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution] will have a certain impact on Lithuanian diplomatic activity in the coming months,” says the paper. It notes in this context that some of modern-day Lithuania’s founding fathers supported and even attended 1988-1990 popular rallies in Yerevan in support for Karabakh’s reunification with Armenia. It says Lithuania is also home to an “important” Armenian community which successfully lobbied the Lithuanian parliament to recognize the Armenian genocide several years ago. The Lithuanian presidency is therefore creating “more than favorable conditions for a large-scale Armenian propaganda counteroffensive,” concludes the pro-government daily.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” seizes upon National Security Service (NSS) director Gorik Hakobian’s Thursday remark that law-enforcement bodies closely monitored and “regulated” the March 2008 events in Yerevan and “gave all the information online.” “It is probably harder to find a better admission of the March 1 [violence] being organized by Armenia’s authorities and especially law-enforcement bodies,” comments the paper. “Besides, Gorik Hakobian’s admission also proves the fact that apart from organizing the March 1 events, Armenia’s law-enforcers also covered up what happened. The online information cited by Gorik Hakobian is absent from the materials of the official criminal case on the March 1 events. Where is that information? Why wasn’t it incorporated into the March 1 criminal case?”
“Hraparak” reports that some members of the small Youth Party are protesting against its leadership’s decision to merge with Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). One of them, Arman Sargsian, is quoted as saying that they will not join the BHK.