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 February 28, 2003 




Marching Orders


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", rally.

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 posters.

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.

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In the Name of the Father

At Wednesday's rally in support of Stepan Demirchyan, one demonstrator on a terrace at the Institute of Manuscripts expressed his support with a historic campaign poster from another Demirchyan era: "Trust Karen Demirchyan".

 

 





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