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David Matevosian, one of the opposition figures set free this week, tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that the general amnesty declared by the Armenian authorities was primarily the result of pressure exerted on them by the opposition. “I assure you that had it not been for our movement, had Europe not accepted it as a factor of democratization and strengthening of constitutional order, it would not have given a damn about the imprisonment of these 100-150 persons,” says Matevosian. He also says that the release of about 30 oppositionists will lead to a certain change in the Armenian National Congress’s tactics. He says the July 2 opposition rally in Yerevan will show the public that the former “political prisoners” remain determined to continue their struggle after spending more than a year in custody.

“Azg” says government fears that the release of the oppositionists will breathe a new life into the Armenian National Congress (HAK) are proving to be justified. “Instead of going home and pondering their autumn actions, the freed persons are holding an extraordinary rally during which they will probably try to clarify whether they should analyze the new situation brought about by the amnesty, drag out things further, keep singing revolutionary songs for a little while … or to says goodbye and return home,” says the paper.

Speaking to “Iravunk,” Naira Zohrabian, a parliament deputy from the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party, criticizes Zaruhi Postanjian, a fellow member of the Armenian delegation at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) representing the opposition Zharangutyun party. Postanjian reportedly enlisted on Thursday the support of Azerbaijani and Turkish members of the PACE for a draft amendment criticizing the Armenian government’s treatment of the opposition. “I am at least amazed that Ms. Postanjian is promoting democracy in Armenia together with Azerbaijani and Turkish deputies,” says Zohrabian.

“Taregir” criticizes those who equate the Armenian government with the opposition. “The government and the opposition are absolutely not worth each other,” says the pro-opposition publication. “In fact, there is a huge gap between their value systems, perceptions, moral integrities and intellectual skills.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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