“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that Armenians rallying in Liberty Square are “proving that it is impossible to break their will and determination.” “Everyone seems to have realized this with the apparent exception of the authorities,” says the opposition daily. It says the government’s crackdown on Ter-Petrosian’s loyalists is “further uniting participants of the popular movement.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” make a case for the banning of the Yerkrapah Union of Nagorno-Karabakh war veterans, citing its involvement in post-election developments in Armenia. “Why is it that there are still people in this country who have their own arms caches and start handing out weapons every time the political situation begins to escalate?” asks the pro-government paper. “Why do they have weapons in their hands? To protect our borders? But that’s the army’s job. Yerkrapah must be disarmed and there is no question about that.”
“What is happening in Liberty Square can not fail to worry sensible citizens of Armenia,” writes “Azg.” “It will probably take the wisdom of the country’s outgoing president and newly elected president to defuse the artificially tense situation, even at the slight expense of their pride, for the sake of Armenian people, no matter how deceived, standing in the square.”
“Many are surprised that the authorities have not yet taken punitive actions to disperse the popular rally and occupy Liberty Square,” says “Zhamanak Yerevan.” “At least, nobody remembers seeing such prolonged ‘tolerance’ on the part of the current authorities before.” The opposition paper says this is so because Yerkrapah is “with the people” and because the international community would condemn any use of force against peaceful demonstrators.
“Aravot” takes a critical look at some of Levon Ter-Petrosian’s allies, notably the former chief military prosecutor Gagik Jahangirian. “Now that that the former military prosecutor Gagik Jahangirian has joined the opposition they are urging us to forget the fact that his investigators tortured soldiers, that he is the one who botched the investigation into the October 27 case [of the parliament shootings.] We are told to keep silent about that because Mr. Jahangirian is now participating in the break-up of the ‘kleptocratic pyramid.’ But wasn’t he an integral part and loyal servant of that pyramid for ten years?”