Armenian newspapers continue to follow the situation around the embattled opposition leader, Gagik Tsarukian, and comment on the government campaign launched against him and his political party.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” suggests that the government’s top objective is not “cleaning up” the political field, as was declared at the February 12 meeting of the ruling Republican Party’s board meeting, but “destroying the public resource of resistance no matter who controls it.” “And after the destruction of this resource it will be possible to make any decision overnight,” the paper comments.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says the ability of the Tsarukian-led Prosperous Armenia Party and its opposition allies to consolidate “huge masses” is obvious. “The question is whether they can correctly direct this human power, people’s aspiration for regime change or it will become another occasion for the disillusionment of masses,” the paper writes.
“Zhamanak” predicts that it will be almost impossible to avoid the bloody scenario of the 2008 post-election clashes given that President Serzh Sarkisian has been clear about his plans to use repressions. A “bloodless” scenario, according to the newspaper, will be possible if the opposition manages to take to the streets a great many people under whose pressure the government will consider the use of force meaningless.
“168 Zham” suggests that the government itself is provoking a situation in which opposition masses are providing their backing to Tsarukian. “And this means that with each new [repressive] step the government will only be increasing the number of people gathering in Liberty Square and adding to their vigor. What will the government do if a ‘critical mass’ gathers in the square?”