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Writing on the third anniversary of Armenia’s deadly 2008 unrest, “Zhamanak” says that those primarily responsible for the deaths of ten people on that day have still not been brought to account. The pro-opposition paper says not only have the authorities done nothing to solve those killings but they have also “deepened the rift” between them and the nation.

“Hraparak” says nobody can guarantee that the next Armenian elections will not be followed by similar bloodshed. “Apparently, the authorities also realize that the situation has become very severe, that there is no more room for tightening belts and that the prospect of a social revolt is a real one,” claims the paper.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on the sacking of two high-ranking police officials, Hovannes Tamamian and Varuzhan Adamian, which was officially confirmed on Monday. “They both were notorious for their brutality, especially during operations against the opposition,” says the paper. It says they now risk prosecution on charges that have nothing to do with their past “atrocities” committed against opposition members.

“Yerkir” says one interesting feature of the ongoing revolutions in Arab states is that they are not coordinated or led by concrete political forces. “Politics is chasing, rather than leading, these movements, occasionally only reminding people of itself,” comments the paper. “An d that is the main prerequisite for the success of these revolutions.” Turning to the situation in Armenia, it says, “There is and there has never been a fight for rights in Armenia. A public consciousness of that has not been formed in our country. It has not matured yet.” Anti-government protests in Armenia are mainly aimed at regime change. They do not succeed because ordinary citizens are still not convinced that a new regime would make them better off, according to “Yerkir.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” stresses the importance of President Serzh Sarkisian’s announcement that gas prices in Armenia will not go up further this year. The paper argues that a price rise would increase the already high inflation. It also agrees with those who believe that Armenians already pay too much for gas.

(Tigran Avetisian)
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