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The specifics of a national confrontation on the Rustaveli2009-04-14 13:31
On the fifth day of the confrontation that started on 9th April, all that can be mentioned is a few not particularly significant incidents: the regime and opposition came to a disagreement over litter and toilets on parliament square. Here unknown men totally destroyed a tented press centre erected by the opposition. Relations with Russia still remain a bone of contention.
On 11th April, on the third day of the rallies, the Georgian opposition decided that it was prepared to resume talks with Russia. As PanARMENIAN.net reports, the leader of the United Opposition, Levan Gachechildze, declared this. However, according to him, this excludes Russian interference in Georgian political processes, including the involvement of Russian citizens in the Georgian opposition's protest action.
Disagreements emerged precisely on the issue of whether to be friends with Russia or not, and what attitude the opposition ranks should take on it, as they hardly excel at being united anyway. Nino Burjanadze, leader of the Democratic Movement- United Georgia, whom the Georgian authorities are accusing of having close links to the Kremlin and being financed from the north, declared: "Today Georgian state companies released a statement from Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Russia was prepared to help the Georgian opposition. We don't need anybody's external help. We will look after our country ourselves. We call on everybody not to interfere in Georgia's domestic affairs, because only the Georgian people can decide who will be their leader." Admittedly, Nino Anzorovna does not have any definitive reports as to whether Sergey Lavrov really did make this statement or not. Having found themselves in a whirlpool of domestic feuding, the country's leadership and its opponents are talking with increased intensity of a "Russian shadow". In other words, all Georgian politicians are assessing current events from the viewpoint of how beneficial or not it is for Moscow. They again see the Kremlin's hand in everything.
As Saakashvili has declared, on the whole it is only unemployed people, who have lost work as a result of the reforms (and there about 250,000 of them), who want him to resign. "A large proportion of these people have been unable to find their niche in the new economic situation. As a result of the fight against corruption and crime, we have sent thousands of people to prison. All their relatives have taken to the streets now and are demanding my resignation," noted Saakashvili. Here he said that Russian oligarchs are financing the unemployed opposition supporters: "I have evidence of this, which I am not yet going to release. I don't know whether this money is coming from Russia under the supervision of the Russian government or not."
It's no secret that many Georgians who are in favour of normalizing relations between the countries amassed their fortunes in Russia. But then again, many "new Georgians", who left their homeland because of the thorns of the Rose Revolution, live in Europe and also criticise the current authorities. So is their position also anti-Georgian? Isn't it the case that Tbilisi is opposed to all Georgians who live outside its borders?
But then again, with regard to the West Mikheil Nikolaevich tries to hold back his emotions and pick his words a bit more carefully. According to the president, he is not offended when he is criticised in Georgia, but he did not expect that the West would put a halt on its relations with Georgia. "A French delegation postponed its visit. Turkish and Arabic companies have held off signing contracts. What has happened to these people? Should we just postpone visits to Paris and Strasbourg when street protest actions are taking place there?!" Saakashvili said in an interview with Newsweek.