“Zhamanak” draws parallels between the bloody street clashes in Ukraine’s capital Kiev and the March 2008 unrest in Yerevan, saying that Armenians will understand the Ukrainian tragedy better than many other nations. The paper believes that the root cause of such bloodshed is a desire to “cling to power at any cost.”
“Hraparak” reports on Tuesday’s demonstration outside the office of the state human rights ombudsman, Karen Andreasian, that was held by employees of the Metsamor nuclear plant protesting against the Armenian government’s controversial pension reform. The paper says the protesters would be wrong to expect the Armenian government to back away from a reform that was strongly defended by President Serzh Sarkisian as recently as on Saturday. It says Sarkisian did not even mention a forthcoming Constitutional Court ruling on the issue. “After that presidential speech it seems that the issue can be deemed closed. But people keep taking to the streets and hope to achieve success. How? It’s hard to tell.”
“Zhoghovurd” believes that the ongoing protests are the reason why the director of Armenia’s National Opera and Ballet Theater, Kamo Hovannisian, stepped down on Tuesday. The paper suggests that the government holds Hovannisian responsible for last week’s unprecedented strike by opera artists that disrupted a scheduled performance.
Deputy parliament speaker Hermine Naghdalian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Gagik Tsarukian maintained the ambiguous status of his Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) with his weekend speech at a BHK congress in Yerevan. “Usually political forces are on one or the other side of barricades,” says Naghdalian. She also says that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) acknowledges the existence of socioeconomic problems that were highlighted by Tsarukian.