A few notes on the coverage of the situation in Yerevan...
In an earlier copy of this New York Times piece, there was this line:
In some neighborhoods, drunken gangs began looting, breaking through glass storefronts.
Reminded me of Belgrade, so I wrote to one of my dear Armenian friends, and here's part of what she wrote back:
They are attacking all the [places] owned by the Sargsyan's and Kocharyan's crew, setting things on fire etc.
And some more from her:
I have been screaming about it all over the place hahaha
You're right its exactly what i was talking about with my friends today - the fact that they don't mention that the attacks are targeted.
It won't be that easy to understand the pattern of attacks for a simple observer because all these places are owned by oligarchs such as " Lfik Samo" who are directly connected to Kocharyan/Serj. My close friend who is participating in all of this told me today that they even looted the President's son's store and destroyed it. So the NYT def. portrays it very incorrectly.
The NYT piece seems to have been edited somewhat now:
Rioters carrying pipes and stones set fire to dozens of cars, smashed windows, and, in one area, looted alcohol and food.
The officers withdrew from the crowded areas toward midnight, leaving strange scenes in the moonlight. An elaborately decorated cake was atop an upside-down car; loaves of bread spilled out of an open trunk of a car on its side. Drunken men gobbled up expensive chocolates.
"The owner of this store is a very bad person," said Arsen Sarkisyan, 20, who was walking out with a bag of sour cream containers."
They seem to be getting closer, but not quite.
Here's some more from my friend:
I was on the phone with my best friend who is a micro-surgeon in one of the hospitals she says that they have been working non-stop with people with gun shot wounds and that the press is def. underestimating the number of victims.
CNN reports that nine people have been killed in clashes last night - eight civilians and one police officer.
So very sad...