I published another article about the match but in this one I want to highlight how Lebanese Armenian (at least the ones around me) were thinking about the game and Abdallah Gul’s historic visit to Armenia.
The central committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation in Lebanon released a press announcement which I rate as good. It would have been better if they were more offensive in it.
On the people’s level, the older ones were taking the issue as “business”. I heard one saying that Armenia needs its neighbors and one has to be good with the neighbors. I didn’t let this pass and he got the answer: “I prefer to live in the worst situation and have dignity rather than living in the best situation but be with Turks”.
Yesterday, in the Lebanese Armenian daily newspaper, Aztag, I read the press announcements of A.R.F. Armenia’s central committee and A.R.F. Lebanon’s central committee.
A.R.F. Armenia’s central committee has invited the Armenians to protest infront of the airport.
A.R.F. Lebanon’s central committee has explained about the relation between Turkey and Armenia.
When the Turkish president arrived Yerevan, there was a protest organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation “Dashnagtsoutyoun” near the airport. But there was another weird thing that happened, the opposition (Levon Ter Petrossian supporters) lifted their protest to welcome the Turks, it really shows the level of nationalism in those people.