Writing in “Haykakan Zhamanak,” Nikol Pashinian, the newspaper’s editor and a leader of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), says a “revolution” is what Armenia urgently needs now. “The fundamental principles, motivations, body language, the nature of relations, the expression of faces in our society need to change,” says Pashinian. In the absence of such a revolution, he says, Armenians will continue to feel very insecure and see grave dangers emanating from each other.
Speaking to “Aravot,” Khachik Harutiunian, a parliament deputy from the pro-government Orinats Yerkir Party, dismisses suggestions that the arrest and prosecution of several HAK activists is aimed at disrupting the dialogue between Armenia’s government and the HAK. “I am inclined to think that the parties will display common sense and will reach an agreement and continue what they have started to the dismay of opponents of the dialogue,” he says. Harutiunian, who is a member of a delegation representing the government in the talks with the HAK, says he is confident that the ongoing police investigation into the August 9 incident “will answer many questions.”
“Hraparak” scrutinizes police claims that the arrested opposition youths attacked police officers after the latter reprimanded a man for walking his dog without a muzzle. Yerevan’s Deputy Mayor Kamo Areyan is quoted as saying in that context that the Armenian capital has no official “rules and regulations for keeping pets.”
“Azg” criticizes the municipal administration’s decision to close scores of commercial kiosks in Yerevan. “At a time when the socioeconomic situation in the capital is severe, when unemployment has reached the highest point, when the scale of emigration threatens national security, they close jobs and force people to become unemployed, instead of alleviating the socioeconomic situation,” writes the paper. “It is citizens that suffer from a number of decisions made by the mayor [Karen Karapetian.]” The kiosk ban alone has left several thousand people out of work, it says.