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The big news at the start of the week was ex-president Robert Kocharyan’s interview given to Mediamax News Agency in response to ex-president Levon Ter-Petrossian’s speech on May 1st. Quite expectedly, Kocharyan talked complete crap, noting, that as he is not Armenia’s President anymore, he will be more unrestrained in his speech – not that he was ever restrained or anything.
Basically, while the great, educated egotist Ter-Petrossian was analyzing the situation in Armenia in nicely formulated sentences and trying to establish grounds for dialogue with current president of Armenia – Serzh Sargsyan, by laying most of the blame on Kocharyan, the Second president of Armenia chose to respond in the manner typical for his semi-educated egotistic self, calling the First president names, like “dumb” (տկարամիտ) and “deeply indecent” (խորապես անպարկեշտ), and saying, that it was the opposition who needed the blood and deaths on March 1st. [text here was edited, as the original post contained obviously biased points of views] Now, while I clearly recall at least one case, when Levon Ter-Petrossian spoke on the rallies, saying, that they will go till the end, that doesn’t mean, that human casualties can be blamed on the opposition. Moreover, in the situation, when the country disparately needs peace and reconciliation, and when the opposition has just attempted the first vague steps towards dialogue, Kocharyan’s words are rather unwelcome.
On another note, however, the exchange of offences between the First and Second presidents of Armenia resembles more the barking of dogs, then anything so far. One wonders – why do these two hate each other so much? I remember back in October 2007 there was a YouTube video put in circulation, where Levon Ter-Petrossian humiliates Kocharyan, saying – “Didn’t I tell you – you’re not Armenian?”, to which Kocharyan answers – “I’m Albanian”.
The rest of the week was full of stories about hunger-strikes in Shirak region of Armenia, where at one point there were 18 protesters, in Gyumri, Maralik and the village of Dzorakap. Many of the protesters were Karabakh war-veterans, demanding just trial for their commander, freedom fighter Ashot Zakaryan and release of political prisoners. Most of the hunger-strikes go on even now, despite Ashot Zakaryan’s direct call and order to stop the protests to his former soldiers.
Other than that, the court cases continued. From various news headlines I concluded, that more then 12 cases were heard this week. Interestingly, in most cases the trials were postponed, with one prominent opposition activist, member of HHSH board Karapet Rubinian released. In the interview given to RFE/RL Rubinian remarked, that his release is a result of the CoE pressures on the Armenian authorities.