YEREVAN (Yerevan News Agency)–More than 10,000 people gathered at Liberty Square Friday for a second rally organized by the newly forced National Accord Alliance–where promises for a better future for Armenia–as well as the Alliance’s activities were imparted to participants.
The first speaker–Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council member Hrair Karapetian–stated that a long struggle awaited the Armenian people–the forces with who they are confronted were unable to listen to the people’s voice.
He–thus–called for unity among the people to alter the course of the republic and bring about a leadership which is accountable to and entrusted by the people.
Alliance leader and National Self-Determination Union chairman Paruyr Hairikian told the crowd that the aims and goals of the Alliance should be conveyed to the entire population not as a decree or an order–but as conviction.
As a result of this struggle–Hairikian stated–the leadership of the country would be returned to the people since it had been stolen.
"They [the leadership] did not only steal election ballots–they stole the people’s right to govern themselves," remarked Hairikian.
In his address Hairkian also reported on the Alliance’s visits and tours to Armenia’s various districts and regions where Alliance representatives conveyed the grouping’s activities to a wide array of the population.
Hairikian announced that in the middle of the May–a large rally was being planned–following which the Alliance’s activities would enter a more headstrong stage.
"The leadership would have to make a decision: either democracy or departure from the political arena," Hairkian said.
Karapetian addressed the crowd again–this time focusing on a recent decision by the Central Electoral Commission to reject a candidacy application by ARF Executive Council leader Vahan Hovanessian.
He explained that while the authorities alleged that the ARF did not elect Hovanessian as its candidate during the presidential elections due to internal party dissatisfaction. Karapetian stressed that Hovanessian’s candidacy was not brought forth due to political consideration–adding that Hovanessian has become a popular figure in Armenian reality today.
At the conclusion of the rally–former presidential candidate and chairman of the National Democratic Union Vazgen Manoukian told the crowd that during the Alliance’s visits to various districts and regions he had observed a poor quality of life and living conditions.
On the other hand–he explained–the people in Armenia’s towns–villages and cities were excited with the prospects of Alliance’s activities in May and were committed to take part in this popular movement.
He stated his conviction that the people would display strong will and determination in the pursuit of the people’s goals–for which national unity would be a beneficial and imperative necessity.
"We will persevere–because we are struggling for justice," concluded Manoukian.