Ar­me­ni­ans protest against new au­thor­i­ties

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

Amnesty of Sasna Ts­rer mem­bers is a threat to Ar­me­nian state­hood and it sets a prece­dent for com­plete an­ar­chy in the coun­try.

The amnesty was fol­lowed by protest ac­tions by other con­victs who com­mit­ted far less se­ri­ous crimes or even did not have time to com­mit any­thing. The armed group Nork Marash, al­legedly neu­tral­ized three years ago with a lot of noise, refers to such groups. It was pre­par­ing ter­ror­ist at­tacks, in­clud­ing the phys­i­cal elim­i­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Sargsyan, with the aim of seiz­ing power. Naira Sargsyan, a case de­fen­dant of Nork Marash, com­plained that the mem­bers of this group were not in­cluded in the amnesty and asked to men­tion at least one rea­son of this.

In turn, Givi Hovhan­nisyan, a lawyer in the case of the armed group, also ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the "un­prece­dented amnesty". He be­lieves that the au­thor­i­ties have ap­plied a se­lec­tive ap­proach, when amnestied Sasna Ts­rer but did not want to do this in re­la­tion to Nork Marash.

Con­sid­er­ing the kind of hys­ter­ics sup­port­ers of mil­i­tants from NorkMarash and sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences with Sasna Ts­rer roll up in the me­dia, it can be as­sumed that they will soon be re­leased.

It can be con­cluded that try­ing to at­tract part of the elec­torate to the up­com­ing elec­tions guides those who call for amnesty for the storm­ing the reg­i­ment pa­trol ser­vice (RPS).

In first speech af­ter the re­lease from prison, the ex­trem­ists Sasna Ts­rer be­gan at­tacks on Rus­sia. They stated that they want to achieve the with­drawal of Rus­sian bor­der troops from Ar­me­nia, to ban the broad­cast­ing of Rus­sian TV chan­nels and fight Rus­sian colo­nial­ism.

Sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­i­ties and ter­ror­ism are al­most con­sid­ered hero­ism in Ar­me­nia, and while other coun­tries strug­gle and are ashamed of such things in their ter­ri­tory, Ar­me­ni­ans care­fully cul­ti­vate ter­ror­ists and then warmly wel­come them to par­lia­ment.

On July 17, 2016, the armed group Sasna Ts­rer pen­e­trated into the ter­ri­tory of the RPS Reg­i­ment of the Ar­me­nian Po­lice and un­der the threat of vi­o­lence, it held peo­ple there. They de­manded the res­ig­na­tion of pres­i­dent Serzh Sargsyan and the re­lease of Zhi­rayr Sefilyan, the leader of the rad­i­cal con­stituent par­lia­ment op­po­si­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion Con­stituent Par­lia­ment, who is un­der ar­rest, ac­cused of il­le­gal ac­qui­si­tion and pos­ses­sion of weapons.

Dur­ing the seizure of the RPS reg­i­ment and sub­se­quent events, 46 peo­ple were in­jured, of whom 26 were po­lice of­fi­cers. Three po­lice­men were killed, ten at var­i­ous times were held by a group, seven of them had gun­shot wounds of vary­ing de­grees of sever­ity. Seven in­jured are health work­ers.

The Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ser­vice and the In­ves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee of Ar­me­nia, as a re­sult of the joint ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken, stopped the or­ga­ni­za­tion of mass ri­ots on April 24 to com­mem­o­rate the vic­tims of the so-called Ar­me­nian Geno­cide in April 2015. A group of peo­ple, con­sid­er­ing the real pos­si­bil­ity of a large num­ber of peo­ple gath­er­ing dur­ing pub­lic events in con­nec­tion with the 100th an­niver­sary of the so-called Ar­me­nian Geno­cide, urged not to obey the au­thor­i­ties and, if nec­es­sary, use vi­o­lence and force­ful meth­ods of strug­gle. Mem­bers of the con­stituent par­lia­ment, an op­po­si­tional civil ini­tia­tive, were ar­rested on charges of or­ga­niz­ing ri­ots.

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