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Opposition to come up with alternative to Rose Revolution2009-10-13 17:20
Georgian opposition is calling its supporters back onto the streets. Way of Georgia party leader Salome Zurabishvili announced the date of resumption of mass protest actions. Will the citizens tired of political cataclysms take part in the rallies? Which of the numerous opposition leaders will inspire the masses to continue the struggle?
Well, the Georgian opposition plans to light up by the end of autumn. Way of Georgia party leader Salome Zurabishvili again invites all opposition supporters to the rallies. Eventually there's the date of the first massive protest action - November 7. It's not commemoration of the Great October Revolution 1917. There are practically no lovers of socialism in Georgia. Most probably the opposition will hold preliminary protest actions so that on November 23 (the 6th anniversary of the Rose Revolution) the authorities were deprived of the feast again.
The most large-scale protest action named "the civil parade" was held on May 26 coinciding with the Independence Day. The authorities were forced to forego a traditional military parade. The opposition's triumph didn't last long. After May 26 the protest wave started to go down. Now the opposition is trying to make up for lost time. "The radical opposition of Georgia will be reunited on November 7". - Salome Zurabishvili stated at a briefing.
It needs to be remarked though that Georgian citizens are not that enthusiastic about going to the streets again. A while ago Kviris Palitra weekly (Georgia) published the poll results on people's readiness to rally revealing only 13.6% of the respondents who are ready to take part in protest actions. As Rosbalt correspondent reports 64.5% of the respondents said "no" to their participation in rallies, and 21.8% had no answer.
But the opposition is full of hopes. According to Zurabishvili now it's time for the opposition to unite and act on one field. Indeed, active consolidation of the opposition is now underway in Georgia. It's no secret that the authorities won only because their opponents had no charismatic leader.
So the unification of opposition parties into blocs is inevitable and most certainly the front will be redistributed between Alliance for Georgia leader Irakli Alasania and head of Democratic Movement- United Georgia Nino Burdzhanadze.
Georgian journalists have long been crossing swords thinking that Alasania was given direct instructions on his last visit to Washington and is holding secret talks with the authorities who severely criticize Burdzhanadze. She retaliates.
Remarkably the success of this or that Georgian politician greatly depends on support from the outside. In view of the starting thaw between Moscow and Washington the new presidential candidate must be suitable for both countries that don't agree on Caucasus yet.
Initially two candidates were announced - Alasania and Burdzhanadze. But since the opposition has not shown to the world that the anti-government sentiment is really high in the society, foreign countries refrain from radical changes.
Nevertheless Nino Burdzhanadze - disliked for her "revolutionary" past and work in the government - has scored rapidly.
Zurabishvili has made no choice (recently the Way of Georgia leader dispelled rumors on her preferences saying she would not unite with any of the parties) while Burdzhanadze acquired an equally radical supporter - ex FM Irakli Okruashvili who answered the call of the opposition lady to create a unique anti-government Democratic front.