ARMENIA Using batons and water cannons, police broke up a rally of
thousands of demonstrators in Yerevan calling for the resignation of
President Robert Kocharian, seriously injuring 30 people and
detaining 115. Opposition leaders, who claim Kocharian rigged his
re-election last year, launched another rally at the end of the week,
in defiance of a ban on further public protests.
“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS