‘Barev Revolution’ Leader outlines plans for the week
YEREVAN (A.W.)—Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian addressed a large crowd gathered at Freedom Square on Feb. 24, saying that a new flood surges in Armenia today to cleanse the country.
“Today in the Ararat plain, in Noah’s world, surges a new flood—clear and clean, and, at the same time, powerful, historic, and forward-looking,” said Hovannisian. “It comes to cleanse our country of all its impurities and lies. And under its waves fear, hatred, evil, envy, and timidity will drown.”
The breath of 1988, and the spirit of 2008 is here with us today, Hovannisian said, noting that “this square does not recognize political parties any longer. It is, first and foremost, the citizens of Armenia that stand here.”
“This is not the Ottoman Empire, this is not the Soviet Union, and it’s crystal clear that those who betrayed the trust of the people will be dethroned, and the Armenian people will ascend to the throne,” Hovannisian said.
Hovannisian called on the police to avoid intimidating the public during meetings and rallies. “They’re saying gatherings were illegal. Let them look elsewhere for illegal acts,” he said. “The Armenian citizen is not afraid anymore. We have finally realized that our time has come, and that we are finally becoming a nation, a state, a republic!”
“Those who block roads [to prevent people from attending rallies and meetings] will be held accountable,” he noted.
The week ahead
The opposition leader then outlined his plans for the week. He announced that he will give a press conference on Feb. 25, an hour after the Central Electoral Commission releases the final results of the presidential election.
On Feb. 26, Hovannisian will visit Armavir, Medzamor, Etchmiadzin, Masis, Ardashad, Ararad, Surenavan, Areni, Yeghegnadzor, and Vayk.
On Feb. 27, he will visit Akarag, Meghri, Kajaran, Ghapan, Goris, and Sisian.
On Feb. 28, he will visit Charentsavan, Byureghavan, Nor Hadjin, and Abovyan. On the same day, at 5 p.m., a rally will be held at Freedom Square in Yerevan, featuring speeches by opposition leaders and activists.