“There was so much emotion yesterday that it is difficult to talk about political implications of yesterday’s [opposition] rally and its outcome: the reoccupation of Liberty Square,” writes “Zhamanak.” The paper expects more “surprise” developments in Armenia in the coming weeks.
“The start of a phased victory,” reads a front-page headline in another pro-opposition daily, “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Yesterday’s rally really marked a serious breakthrough in Armenia’s internal political life,” comments the paper. It says the wave of antigovernment protests is gaining momentum and President Serzh Sarkisian can no longer ignore opposition demands. The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has already succeeded in forcing Sarkisian to ponder his future, it says.
“Yerkir” says the HAK’s return to Liberty Square was “really impressive.” “But in the general euphoria, everyone forgot defeatist messages which Ter-Petrosian sent to protesters chanting ‘Now! Now!’” notes the paper. “Of course, it is hard to believe that the suspiciously easy [opposition] victory was stage-managed. But the fact that the actions of the radical opposition and the authorities were very synchronized and complementary is evident.”
“The people tired of defeats scored a small victory yesterday,” editorializes “Hraparak.” “This means the authorities can give in, while the people can achieve success if they remain stubborn and steadfast in their wishes.” The paper believes that the HAK should not have told the crowd to go home on Thursday night, speculating that Ter-Petrosian and his team may be “afraid of the burden of taking power.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” notes that some of the banners at the rally carried slogans against “oligarchs” and “monopolies.” “It can be asserted that five years ago the public lacked the awareness of the ‘quality’ of our economy,” says the paper. “What percentage of the population thought at the time that one of the main reasons for the miserable state of the economy is the monopolies? A very small one. Now the public perception has changed. Even kindergarten children now realize that Armenia’s economy is not developing because there is no competition.”