Jirayr Sefilyan, a senior member of the Sardarapat Movement initiative group, says on March 1, 2008, Armenians were fusilladed in their own country.
"Geopolitical centers neglected this fact and continued to cooperate with the regime," Sefilyan wrote on his Facebook account.
"From that day on, it became clear that the current system of government is not only inefficient, but also hostile. There could be no doubt that it became a tool in the hands of the anti-national and inhuman regime in serving the interests of foreign forces. At the expense of the ten victims, people came to realize that Armenia is not a sovereign state and is actually an occupied country.
The awakening of the political consciousness led to the idea of forming an alternative system to replace the existing colonial system and to create a new-quality country.
This alternative idea is becoming the property of broad strata of society and turning into a nationwide program after the rigged February 18 presidential elections and their endorsement by foreign forces.
The 25 year-long national-liberation movement of Artsakh is entering a new phase, which will end with creation of a new-quality Armenia and establishment of full sovereignty of Armenia.
The alternative program will enable us to find ways out of the political deadlock, avoid repetition of March 1, 2008, post-election unrest ands liberate our Homeland. The sooner our people start implementing the program, the quicker and easier we shall reach our goal," he said.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the March 1, 2008 post-election clashes between protesters and riot police that left ten people dead and at least 200 injured in the Armenain capital.