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Revolution of Roses: Sad Result

2009-11-23 22:57

4647.jpegGeorgia is celebrating the sixth anniversary of the «Revolution of Roses». This is not a long period. Maybe only our children will be able to evaluate what happened. So far only one thing can be said: citizens fascinated with the bloodless revolution and with dreams of change felt the thorns of the «rose revolution» too soon. For somebody today's celebrations are moving, for somebody tragical, but for the majority this is a religious holiday of Giorgoba that is revered regardless of one's political creed.


Six years ago the «revolution of roses» burst out in Georgia. No matter if it was a chance or a sign, it coincided with one of the main holidays of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Giorgoba. St. George has been considered the patron of Georgia for centuries.

Mikhail Saakashvili called it a «predictive sign» that the revolution of Tbilisi and that of Batumi (6 May 2004) happened on the day of St. George. Now most people prefer to forget about politics this day and to celebrate the holiday with their families.

The thing is that during these years the image of a «lighthouse of democracy» was slightly spoiled and Georgians who lost their dreams and hopes for the desired liberty, democracy, independence and well-being in these six years prefer going to church for answers to their questions.

Certain tragiс comicalness of the sixth birthday of the «revolution of roses» could be perceived already in the announced events. Usually some holiday concerts are organized in Georgia on this day, a lot of high-ranking guests come to the capital. No official entities have spoke about any plans yet. However, it was reported that Saakashvili will open two new bridges. It is also known that the opposition movement «7 November» is going to following the president and hiss him off. Such celebration of the revolution birthday characterizes its contradictory results in the best way possible.

Speaking about the results of the colour revolution that was the first one among similar revolutions on the territory of ex-USSR (just a year late the Ukranian orange revolution happened, then an attempt of such a revolution was made in Kirgizia) - it would not be out of place to remember the words of the German philosopher and poet Johan Wolfgang Goethe: «I hate any revolution as it never destroys less positive things than it creates ».

In XXI century nothing changed. The revolution brought both new welfare and some non-convertible collapses. It is no mere chance that by the second anniversary of the «rose revolution» opposition meetings and protests started.

As for welfare, the main revolutionary, President Mikhail Saakashvili, who has been left by almost all his former supporters, will possibly speak of it during today's holiday events. If in 2004 as many as 96% of the population voted him, this time simple people look forward to his retirement.

However, one could be quite unfair not to say that in six years a lot has changed in the country. Those who visited the capital in the 90-e will involuntarily gasp. The city seems to be born anew. There are no more traces of bullet holes on the Parliament building, green well-attended gardens with fountains, children's sandboxes, painted benches. Bars and cafés are ringing with young voices. Amorous twosomes are walking along the lanes. The illumination is dazzling: full contrast with the Shevardnadze government times, when at nightfall the city fell asleep as electricity was just for festive occasions. But here comes a meaningful ‘however'...

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