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Georgian Opposition Changes Its Strategy2009-06-19 22:57
Yesterday it still seemed that the situation was settling down in Tbilisi: neither traditional protest actions nor manifestations. The police freed the street adjacent to the State Chancellery from cage cameras without any difficulty. And the government session did not witness any incidents: neither egg nor bottle throwing. Of course, this can be explained by the weather conditions: the capital has been beaten by heavy showers for five days. But the opposition has proved again that it does not care about any hindrances. Today another protest action is planned near the Chief Administration of Internal Affairs. And the further plans will be announced by the opposition on 22 June.
Some days ago car traffic was restored in Ingorokva Street, near the State Chancellery. The patrol police transferred the cage cameras to pavements. The process passed without any excesses, unlike 15 June, when, according to the opposition, the cage cameras were destroyed by some strangers on the instructions of the authorities.
This time the opposition took the police actions in a surprisingly sluggish way. As the Web portal Civil.ge reports, a representative of the Conservative Party Bidzina Gudzhabidze informed that the opposition was going to free Ingorokva Street from the improvised cage cameras, but, obviously, the information «leaked» and the patrol police just «outstarted» them to «get some points» from their bosses.
A while later the opposition leaders claimed that they would give the community a new plan of actions. According to Commersant.ge, the leader of the Conservative Party Zviad Dzidziguri admitted: their actions needed innovations. He did not specify what they consist in. The General Secretary of the «Movement for United Georgia» Eka Beselia spoke in a more concrete manner. According to her, the non-Parliament opposition will declare its new strategy on 22 June.
Meanwhile yesterday evening a new wave of confrontation could already be felt. In spite the face that no large-scale manifestations were planned in the capital, the opposition leaders showed enviable energy. The leader of the «Way of Georgia» party Salome Zurabishvili said that the country authorities were blackmailing her and her party members. They threatened to arrest the families of her party representatives, she said.
On 17 June the opposition party «Alliance for Georgia» uniting «New Right Wing», the Republican Party and Irakly Alasania's team stated that during the recent days law enforcement bodies detained 10 activists of the alliance in various regions of the country, mainly on charges of illegal arms keeping, while one of the arrests is explained by drug problems.
«And there are many other people behind them: their families, friends, supporters. They must not vex the Georgian society, otherwise they will get an adequate answer. I state this with full responsibility. The answer will be quite hard and adequate, - GHТ cites Tina Khidasheli from the Republican Party. - Saakashvili must choose how he will vacate office: will he leave like his teacher Shevardnadze or like some European dictators».