“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says Tuesday’s rally by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) demonstrated that “the authorities know very well what’s going on in Armenia” and are ready to again use deadly force against peaceful demonstrators. “Yesterday, the entire military hardware of interior troops was put on high alert,” claims the opposition daily. It says the rally also proved that the HAK’s strategy of political struggle adopted after the 2008 unrest has been justified. “Yesterday’s rally showed that the number of conscious and prudent people in Armenia is ten times higher than the one desired by the authorities,” it concludes.
“Aravot” describes as “alarming” the socioeconomic situation in the country and warns of “spontaneous protests” against the government. “When jobless and hungry people are ready to smash everything, neither the police, nor the army or bodyguards or any opposition force can stop such an uprising,” editorializes the paper. It urges Armenia’s main political actors to reach “compromise” before the next elections. “Dashnaktsutyun and the HAK need to reach some agreement by overcoming mutual hatred dating back to the 1990s. Only by joining forces can the opposition forces compel the authorities to make concessions. Those concessions must be mutual without threats of retribution or property expropriation,” the paper says.
“Yerkir” says that neither party to the 2008 political standoff in Armenia has learned the right lessons in the past three years. “Unfortunately, the behavior of the conflicting parties has not changed and everything is being done to repeat events under the same scenario,” writes the paper.
Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” Eduard Sharmazanov, a spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), links the boycott of parliament sessions by deputies from the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party to the approaching elections. “There is an opposition electorate -- people that are unhappy with the existing situation and want changes,” says Sharmazanov. “A serious fight for winning over that electorate is underway between the HAK, Zharangutyun, Dashnaktsutyun and the movement formed by Tigran Karapetian. The HAK and Karapetian’s team have launched a campaign of rallies, and in order not to end up empty-handed, Zharangutyun is opting for escalations, trying to position itself as a tough and uncompromising opposition force.”