All roads led to Yerevan since the February 19
first round elections, as citizens from neighboring
towns and villages were bused in to join Yerevantsis
in the capital streets, shouting statements ranging
from the profound to the absurd.
Profound: "Even the Armenian-Turkish border
is not guarded like that," said one demonstrator
facing water tanks, concertina wire, police and
soldiers outside the Presidential Residence.
Absurd: "In some election sites Kocharyan
was really popular. For example in the cemeteries,"
said one Opposition leader at a pro-Demirchyan
- or more precisely, "anti-Kocharyan",
While the mass movement has been mostly without
violence, there has been destruction of property
at a Kocharyan headquarters and reports of threats
against workers in places displaying Kocharyan
The Institute of Manuscripts ("Matenadaran")
is the new rallying point for the disgruntled.
Historically, at least since the Karabakh Movement
of the late '80s, Opera Square has been Protest
Central. But the Opera House is under renovation
these days so Mr. Mashtots oversees the masses,
while Mr. Tumanyan and Mr. Spendarian's house
is under repair.