PARUYR HAYRIKIAN AGAIN PROPOSES MARKING FEBRUARY 18 AS ARMENIAN PEOPLE’S LIBERTY DAY AT STATE LEVEL
Feb 18, 2009
YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 18, NOYAN TAPAN. February 18 is a too symbolic
day for the Armenian people: in 1920 on that day, when Armenia
was under the Bolshevik dictatorship, the people revolted
and liberated Yerevan. Paruyr Hayrikian, the Chairman of the
National Self-Determination Union, said at the February 18 press
conference. Thus, according tom him, February 18 became a day
symbolizing a victorious fight for freedom.
"It seemed there was no force that would be able to prevent the red
terror of the Bolsheviks. However, on that day the Armenian people
drew away Bolsheviks from Yerevan and released from prisons hundreds of
intellectuals, national-state figures sentenced to death," P. Hayrikian
said adding that it was the first victory over Bolshevik dictatorship.
P. Hayrikian said that years running they have proposed marking
that day as Armenian people’s Liberty Day at the state level. "The
very years made us understand that for having Liberty Day society,
especially the authorities should understand the price of liberty,"
the party leader said.