“Haykakan Zhamanak” carries an interview with the father of Vahe Avetian, a military doctor who was beaten to death at Yerevan’s Harsnakar restaurant on June 17. Garnik Avetian tells the paper that he does not believe all those responsible for his son’s death will be brought to justice as a result of an objective criminal investigation.
“Zhamanak” says the formation of a government of national unity in Armenia is a good but not workable idea because its realization requires a “legitimate political system.” “No such system exists in Armenia,” argues the paper. “In Armenia, the government lacks legitimacy and, however strange this may sound, so does the opposition.”
“Aravot” reports that toxic waste from Armenia’s largest mining enterprise located in the southeastern Syunik province is contaminating a local river as a result of an accident that occurred on Monday. The paper says that the river flowing through the provincial capital Kapan now has a “disastrous appearance” and its foul smell can be felt by passersby. “Local residents say that the river changed color also during past accidents at the plant but it has not looked so catastrophic before, which is unfortunate and dangerous for their health,” it says.
Levon Petrosian, head of the Syunik branch of the State Ecological Inspectorate, is quoted by “Aravot” as saying that the leakage occurred because of a rupture on a pipeline running to the plant’s waster disposal facility. He says the pipeline has already been repaired and a cleanup of the river is underway.
“Hayots Ashkhar” denounces those who regard as “disgraceful” Armenian athletes’ performance at the Olympic Games in London. “It’s not a disgrace, it’s sports, it’s life consisting of victories and defeats,” writes the paper. “Our athletes’ performance in London is an unfortunate but not big sporting failure. Only that. A disgrace is what our politicians mumble in public. A disgrace is the majority of officials sitting in their chairs.”