Friday, March 07, 2008

Select Samizdat 1.3 articles in English

-Samizdat 1.3 articles translated by Armen Filadelfiatsi

Provocateurs were emerging from behind police lines
Many of the residents of Grigor Lusavoritch street, who witnessed the events that took place there during the night of March 1, have reported how groups emerged from police lines, threw rocks and molotov cocktails at the stores, then calmly returned back through the police.

The residents bear witness that the same group that had attacked the Mayor's office of Yerevan emerged from police lines, while the police "kindly" opened up a path for them, and returned back behind police lines later. The same happened with regard to attacks on other targets. The most comical thing is that there are scenes in the police video footage where it is clear how those men who "looted" Lphik Samo's store calmly walked past the police with their booty in hand, without any of the police trying to interfere or stop them. Too boot, before the "Yerevan City" oligarchs' operation, not only had the main portion of the store's inventory been removed and transported to a different location, but there are testimonies that the remaining inventory, removed from the store after the operation, was taken with their cars to a different location, likely to their storehouses, while a small portion was taken by "Lfik"'s bashibozuks (ruffians, louts) and dumped into police cars, so that they could use it later to make trouble for the participants in the protests.

Employees of the "Yerevan City" chain of stores belonging to National Assembly deputy Samvel Aleksanian, "Lfik Samo," bear witness that the main portion of the inventory of Mashtots Avenue's "Yerevan City" had been emptied prior to the attack on that store on the night of March 1st.

In other words, the "looting" of "Lfik"'s store had been planned beforehand, and the owner with his bashibozuks had transported the goods found there somewhere else and allowed only a small portion of the inventory to be "destroyed." In eyewitness accounts of the "looting," witnesses have identified the looters of "Yerevan City": the very same employees of the store who with metal pipes in their hands smashed up their employer's store left and right. That is to say, in the case at hand, there is no doubt in people's minds that the destruction of "Yerevan City" was organized by the oligarchs, themselves, while the operation was realized by their bashibozuks.

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth [title in classical Armenian, Grabar]
SYNOPSIS: An unnamed source from the Ter Petrossian camp says that members of the movement are collecting information on those individuals in the sitting government who are acting to oppress activists. The same is being done with regard to those who are aiding the movement. The unnamed source adds that these individuals must understand that in a short while they are going to be receiving their just comeuppance.

The struggle will continue
ROUGH TRANSLATION: The Russian paper Vremya Novostey yesterday published an article about the situation in Armenia. The article specifically notes that despite the fact that the government’s declared state of emergency gives it a distinct advantage, the situation in Armenia continues to remain unforeseeable. The article notes that the opposition is preparing for the resurgence of demonstrations immediately after the end of the state of emergency is announced on March 21st. The author states that the possibility is not being denied that the demonstrators might loose interest in the struggle by the 21st and return to their regular lives. It is indicative, however, that in making that supposition, the author simultaneously emphasizes that, in contrast to the opposition’s earlier protests that would come to an end after being dispersed by the police, this time the movement is being headed by the charismatic Levon Ter-Petrossian, whose rallies in the 1980s were able to bring about the downfall of the Soviet government in Armenia. Vremya Novostey writes that even is Serj Sarkissian successfully takes over the presidency in April, it won’t make a difference and his rule will not meet with peace because it has had its genesis in bloodshed and 52% of the vote, the reality of which figure is in doubt.

Azatutian tzar@ zhamanak arr zhamanak martyrosneri arnov jrvelu petkn uni. --Tovmas Jeferson

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