YEREVAN (A.W.)—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) joined the thousands upon thousands of Armenian citizens gathered at Freedom Square in Yerevan on Feb. 22, with the party’s Supreme Council representative Armen Rustamyan delivering a powerful message of solidarity with the people.
After a series of speeches by Raffi Hovannisian’s Heritage Party leaders, and other opposition leaders, civil society activists, and artists, Hovannisian introduced Rustamyan, saying: “Today we are joined by a political figure whose party, our party, the party of my ancestors, in the name of the fatherland, unity, our national interests, the rights of the citizen, and our state’s sovereignty, wages a struggle wherever it is necessary, from Strasbourg to Ankara to Moscow to Washington…. Please welcome the representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, Armen Rustamyan.”
Rustamyan spoke of the ARF’s decision to come to Freedom Square. “For a few days now, Freedom Square was waiting for—and wanted to see—the ARF. And we are now here! We have come here, to this rally, because as we announced earlier, the ARF stands with you, with the people,” he said.
Rustamyan noted that the Armenian people proved on Feb. 18 that it’s impossible to kill justice and freedom. He said, “The people do not tolerate the rotten political, social, economic, and moral environment.”
Rustamyan joined other opposition leaders in their criticism of the statements by international observers, who deemed the elections fair. “Regardless of what the international observers say, it is you who took part in the election, and you know all too well what really happened,” Rustamyan said.
“This is an unstoppable movement to establish the rule of the people,” he argued.
The rally concluded with a fiery speech by Hovannisian.