Time For Revolution


10 Feb 05

Today New Times party leader, former ARFD member Aram Karapetyan
invited journalists to declare about his intention start a “revolution
from below” in April. Several months earlier he warned the authorities
that if they do not make serious system changes, he will launch a
popular revolution. “No changes took place, while the removal of some
ministers from office was a mere imitation”, he said.

Karapetyan warned that the April revolution will be peaceful, like the
one that forced Levon Ter-Petrosyan to resign. He also said that he
has already informed the police chiefs that thorny hedge and budget
funds will prove useless. “By the way, when we for the first time
announced that we are going to start a popular revolution, worried
statements appeared in the newspapers supported by the forces,
which seized power in 1998 by means of military and violence”.
When answering the question â~@~for what reasons Aram Karapetyan is
better than Stepan Demirchyan or Artashes Geghamyan, who failed to
seize power last April, he said, â~@~Situation was different then. Our
people did not see the outcomes of the developments in the CISâ~@~]
(the matter concerns latest developments in Ukraine)and added that the
Armenian revolution will not have a color. â~@~The most important
thing is that we are not going to use force, we will just take the
power with the help of the massâ~@~].

As for the Karabakh issue, Karapetyanâ~@~Ys approaches do not differ
from the leadershipâ~@~Ys position. He just states that the authorities
do not have precise policy, they do not have a strong state and do not
enjoy the peopleâ~@~Ys support. Aram Karapetyan stated he is sure of
victory. â~@~If we do not win, we will be imprisonedâ~@~], he resumed.


Emil Lazarian

“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