...as Yerevan municipality formally authorised the rally in front of Matenadaran for 15th September but not for 12th September (for unexplainable reasons, it’s became like a game for them).
This is the second time that the opposition rescheduled the rally. First time it was for 5th September when the rally was postponed and moved to the 12th due to Turkish president visit to Armenia. This time opposition decided to follow the authorised rally. In a statement, Ter-Petrosyan led oppposition Armenian National Congress expressed hopes that there would be no obstacles for people from the regions to attend the authorised rally as if this did not happen in past.
Moving dates is not a problem. The problem is that the opposition has to change its tactics and breathe in a fresh air to the movement. When things take too long and are of repetitive nature, things may die away... It’s not there yet but momentum is not there either. Consider this as a warning to the opposition to take up new ideas and re-launch the movement. Organised and strong opposition is essential for our country.
So far, under the pressures of opposition movement, government is trying at least to make an ‘appearance of changes’ which are mainly an imitation and insufficient for people who stood up for the movement. The only real and positive change I can see is Turkey-related policy which is effectively the policy advocated by Armenia’s first president and leader of the opposition movement Levon Ter-Petrosyan who was accused in betrayal of national interests in past by some in current administration.
Unfortunately, as the rally moved to 15th, I won’t be able to live blog from there as promised, as I won’t be in Yerevan on 15th.