OPPOSITIONIST SAYS OPPOSITION UNIFICATION THESIS ARTIFICIALLY IMPOSED ON PUBLIC

Tert.am
03.03.11

The coordinator of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC)
says the thesis about the opposition unification is artificially
imposed on public.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Levon Zurabyan introduced
ANC's plans for near future.

He said the party is going to upgrade the level of its political
campaign at its upcoming rally on March 1. In that context, he stressed
the importance to organize the crowds.

Speaking of ANC's Wednesday rally, he said it was a real public
gathering that had attracted a crowd of 50,000-60,000 people.

"This proves our movement is on a right track and is gaining momentum,"
he said.

He also spoke of Heritage party leader Raffi Hovhannisyan's
participation in the Wednesday rally, saying that he hadn't noticed his
presence and did not consider the party's attendance a special event.

Zurabyan criticized the police for a non-adequate conduct. He said
the police had been discussing politics instead of maintaining
public order.

"The police operations resulted in a massive jostling when people
could be trampled down. This is a crime which we condemn and call
for stopping all this."

Zurabyan also added that a lot of policemen in plain clothes were
patrolling the crowd.

"We will perceive them as criminals attempting to disrupt the peaceful
rally," he added.

Ahead of its upcoming rally, the ANC has called on the police to stop
any action aimed at suppressing the gathering.

Asked why the ANC does not demand President Serzh Sargsyan's
resignation now, Zurabyan answered: "We are creating a platform for
a smooth political process, bringing together all the demands of
the people."




From: A. Papazian