“Speaking of politics on [Yerevan’s] Marshal Bagramian Avenue or Liberty Square now is almost tantamount to a provocation,” writes “168 Zham.” “The authorities continue to draw benefits from that provocation which is spreading in an invisible manner. But that is much more dangerous than other obvious provocations.”
“Once again Serzh Sarkisian has achieved the same outcome,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “He has been humbled in front of the outside world and suffered a complete capitulation. But he has defeated his own people. He has at least managed to fool them at this stage.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” believes that another violent police crackdown on mostly young activists in Yerevan protesting against electricity price rises would have unpredictable consequences for the Armenian authorities. “There is also a view and a possibility that the movement will die down, and the authorities seem to be primarily betting on this scenario,” writes the paper.
“This [popular] discontent did not develop overnight and it is impossible to forcibly suppress it overnight,” says “Hraparak.” The paper also believes that such civic movements are unlikely to radically transform Armenia until they are led by opposition parties with clear action plans. All they could achieve is to reverse some government policies of little significance to the country’s political future, it says.
“Zhoghovurd” denounces Vladimir Gasparian, the flamboyant chief of the Armenian police, for his furious outbursts against Marshal Bagramian Avenue protesters and some reporters covering the standoff. Little wonder, the paper says, that the protesters do not trust government assurances at all.