Compared to 2008, the crowds are more civil, less incited by cries of hatred. Likewise, the members of the law-enforcement are more properly behaved. Raffi continues to be vague with the plans, but his rhetoric is a few steps more refined than the "let's blow this whole thing up" approach by Nikol, Levon and the retreads from 5 years ago. The authorities led by Serzh are more tempered in their style than the more prone to action Robert-led version 5 years ago. And there has always been the air of discussions in the mix, with some past and some hopeful future one-on-one negotiations between Serzh and Raffi, the most likely scenario to actual improvements. Most other scenarios can be summed up as the pumping up of unrealistic expectations, some sort of awkward end of the episode, and lots of naive people wondering why it all fell apart, ultimately and unnecessarily feeling despondent.
I hope that March 1 will come and go without provocation or blood. It is the responsibility of all players to come to some mutual understanding as soon as possible: every day this situation continues, the biggest casualty is the weakening of the state.