Under the headline “The glory of Armenia’s skinheads has reached international human rights organizations”, “Aravot” quotes the part of the appeal of the International Federation of Human Rights to the European Union that describes the human rights situation in Armenia. “The failed transition to the free system has created a huge inequality – on the one hand there are so-called elite people or clans who have monopolized huge resources and on the other hand are the rest of the people.” The report adds that the new rich with government connections have established their private “armed forces” to make the country and its people their subjects, using threats and violence to hold them in check.
“Yerevan Zhamanak” carries a statement of Armenia’s ex-ombudsman, chairwoman of the Organization Against Violation of Law Larisa Alaverdian and Chairman of the “Victims of State Needs” organization Sedrak Baghdasarian in which they describe the law [passed by the parliament today] as dangerous for a normal development of free market relations and personal ownership right.
Ridiculing the call of Prime Minister Andranik Markarian to citizens of Armenia to peruse the constitution and see whether they have the right to demand the government’s resignation or not, “Haykakan Zhamanak” editorializes: “We, citizens of Armenia, must realize that in a democracy people have the right to demand anything, including the resignation of the government.” The paper adds that to turn the demand into a reality a ‘critical mass’ of people is needed.
“Hayots Ashkhar” writes that MP Hakob Hakobian, who is currently under criminal investigation, successfully combines his lawmaking activities with his ‘functions’ of the accused. According to the paper, Hakobian diligently attends parliament sessions and makes his contribution to the quorum and ‘for’ votes needed to pass government-proposed legislation.
Under the headline “From now on - Lion Mher” “Aravot” publishes a photo reportage of the real look of the Erebuni district of Yerevan the head of which, Mher Sedrakian, recently was awarded a Shirakatsi medal by President Robert Kocharian.