President Robert Kocharian warned his political opponents Monday against holding further “disruptive” demonstrations in Yerevan, saying that the Armenian police would again use force to break them up.
He was also largely satisfied with international reaction to last week’s brutal suppression of the first such protest and the ensued mass arrests of opposition activists.
“Nobody prevented the opposition from staging sit-ins, [square] rallies,” Kocharian said in an interview with the Russian daily “Izvestiya” published by his press service. “But if there will be more opposition attempts to attract attention by blocking thoroughfares or hampering the work of state institutions, then the police will do what they are obliged to do. And the president will do what he is obliged to do under the constitution. Namely, to ensure the normal functioning of government bodies.”
Apparently, the President has not heard enough on this, and needs more condemnations. Amazing that rather than distancing himself, or heaven forbid apologizing, he just promises more!
Some great news to cheer us up though is what Arsineh already mentioned in the Diaspora log. The New York Times will never cast a shadow of a doubt on the Armenian Genocide again! It is a new editorial policy. This folks, is almost as big as France recognizing the genocide, and I also feel is irreversible. It will make April 24 this year much less depressing as the crack's in the massive dam of Turkey's campaign of denial are growing quite large, and look to soon become an unstoppable flood. I just hope the inevitable apology from Turkey comes in time for a survivor to hear it...