The rally of the Armenian National Congress (ANC) on March 17 proved it is possible to solve serious problems peacefully when people get on to their feet, Coordinator of Armenian National Congress Levon Zurabyan told reporters on Wednesday.
“When 100,000 people take to the streets, the authorities realize that use of force is tantamount to suicide. The Armenian National Congress aims at increasing the tension forcing Armenian incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan to resign and hold snap elections. The ANC is for approval of legitimate democratic power, as only in this case it will be possible to avoid bloodshed,” Zurabyan noted.
Considering people’s entrance to Liberty Square a strategic concession, Armenian authorities hope they would manage to overcome a wave of national discontent, he said. “The evidence thereof is the authorities’ comprehensive propaganda through state and seemingly independent mass media outlets, according to which the authorities and the opposition have entered into dialogue and there is no longer a confrontation threat,” Zurabyan said.
According to him, this approach indicates the authorities’ improvidence.
“Such an approach only draws closer people’s day of rage. The Armenian National Congress will choose a dialogue which will solve people’s problems not those of authorities. In this regard, we call on people to start preparations for the nationwide rally on April 8 and come forward with initiatives,” Zurabyan emphasized.