YEREVAN (A.W.)—At a rally on March 2 in Freedom Square, opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian responded to critics who have argued–since the beginning of the post-election movement dubbed “barevolution” (a combination of the words barev, “hello” in Armenian, and revolution)–that he doesn’t have a clear plan.
“There has been much talk that there’s no plan of action. … Let it be clear to everyone: I have only one plan, one strategy, one clear mission, which is to defend the rights of the people, with the participation and support of Armenia’s citizens and the entire Armenian nation,” said Hovannisian.
Hovannisian invited the president, prime minister, and the mayor of Yerevan to Freedom Square to submit to the will of the people. He called on President Serge Sarkisian to return the power to the people before April 9, the date he is due to be sworn in.
“If [Sarkisian] doesn’t want to turn this into a pan-national crisis, if he has the decency and awareness, he should not make the people wait. He should not, on April 9, take a fake oath on the Holy Bible, and try to reign like a king over a people that does not recognize him,” said Hovannisian.
On Mon., March 4, Hovannisian will announce whether or not he will appeal to the Constitutional Court. The following day, another rally will be held on Freedon Square.