“Aravot” editorializes on the attitude of the Armenian society towards the PACE resolution on Armenia and the discussions in Strasbourg on Armenia’s democracy due to take place next Monday.
“Here, there seem to be two exaggerated approaches. The first is that part of the political elite think that it is all but the second Avarayr battle which will decide the fate of the nation for the next decades. The second extremity is that it is something like pop singer Sirusho’s participation in the Eurovision song contest: should she win, we will be happy, should she fail, we won’t be much upset.”
“Hraparak” writes that “but for the pressures of international structures, everything would have gone according to the scenario devised by the authorities.”
“Serzh Sarkisian and his team would have continued to govern the country in accordance with their ideas of how to do it. But the scenario didn’t work. The grounds for releasing people from pretrial detention or trying them in court are just as absurd as the detentions and arrests following the post-election clashes. The authorities no longer know what grounds they should give to what legal issue in order to be able to get away with it at the European court later.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” writes: “The main problem that the authorities are trying in every way to ‘overlook’ after the March 1-2 events is Levon Ter-Petrosian’s remaining at large. It still remains unclear why the main organizer of the mass disturbances, as a result of which ten people died and hundreds were left injured, has not yet been called to responsibility. Was it so difficult to prove that the ‘failed revolutionaries’ had been acting on Ter-Petrosian’s orders?”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” ridicules the reasons given for rejecting the opposition bid to stage a rally near Matenadaran, an ancient manuscripts depositary in central Yerevan, according to which “there is reliable information that during the rally people would be putting their health and lives in danger, etcetera.”
“It turns out that the same organizers will be in an aggressive mood near Matenadaran and near Hrazdan Stadium they will be peaceful,” the paper observes with irony.
“Hayk” reports on an ironic situation near the presidential palace on Tuesday. “About a hundred evicted residents of the areas under city redevelopment projects were on their regular protest action there demanding an answer to the letter that they had submitted a month before. Unexpectedly, President Serzh Sarkisian went out of his residence accompanied by his bodyguards and foreign guests. In order to attract Serzh Sarkisian’s attention, people began to chant: “Reply” and “Justice”. To mislead his foreign guests, Sarkisian put on a broad smile and waved a greeting to the crowd to create an impression with the foreigners that they people are satisfied, happy, and adore their beloved president so immensely that from morning till dark they choose to stay near the gate of his seat just to be able to catch a glimpse of him in the end.”