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The Georgian society on the verge of total nihilism2009-06-16 15:51
The beginning of summer promised to be rather peaceful in Tbilisi. The experts were anticipating a time-out in the confrontation between the authorities and the opposition. However, the end of the last week was marked with the increased confrontation. The news bulletins were full of the "criminal and political" reports: eggs and bottles thrown at the delegates; a scuffle near the parliament building; oppositionists arrested by the police. The oppositionists' confrontation with the foreign diplomats became a new event in political life. What is going to happen next?
Last Friday became another milestone in the Georgian domestic confrontation. Either to demonstrate his power, or to underline the opposition's disability, the president ordered to hold an extraordinary parliamentary session. This time, unlike it has been for the last two months, the session was held in the parliament building.
This week, the Independent Experts Club in a special appeal has called upon the parliamentarians either to resume work, or to withdraw from their mandates. It looks like the oppositionists were hurt by such quick response on the part of authorities. They decided to picket the parliament building, simultaneously feeding the protest moods. The opposition's decision was grounded by the fact that the public was not informed of an extraordinary session held by the legislative body of the country.
The parliamentarians started their session long before the workday began, at 8 a.m. Considering the situation in Georgia, they have indeed performed a feat by waking up so early. Besides, the parliamentary opposition was never informed of the coming session, where the representatives of the ruling United National Movement are prevailing. Thus, leader of Kartuli Dasi Jondi Bagaturia was indignant at learning about the session from a news broadcast. Thus, according to GHN, the meeting was attended by only three delegates of the parliament opposition - Gia Tortladze, Jondi Bagaturia and Nugzar Ergemlidze.
When the delegates were leaving the parliament, there were so-called "shame corridors" waiting for them. However, this time, the people were not satisfied with the traditional shouting and hissing. At first the young radicals started to throw eggs at Speaker of Parliament David Bakradze. The honour and dignity of the Chairman of Parliament were protected by his guards. Then the relationship was sorted out hand-to-hand.
At the height of passions the fighters did not notice the Czech ambassador to Georgia, who had to learn a couple of indecent words in Georgian. As a result, the diplomatic corps came out in support of the country government. To be more precise, it criticized the opposition's actions. The French ambassador to Georgia stated that the oppositionists "have assaulted the Georgian democracy". After that, the USA ambassador to Georgia in his special statement underlined that "the USA embassy is sorry that some of the protest action leaders supported an attack against the people and their property".
The diplomats have called upon the Georgian government and the oppositional leaders to immediately resume constructive negotiations and return to normal dialogue. It did not take the Georgian opposition long to answer. One of the oppositional leaders Levan Gachechiladze recommended the international community and the foreign diplomats to refrain from the "provocative statements". Those who are interested in the truth may establish investigation committees to assess the type of provocative acts performed by the Georgian authorities, he said.