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Post-Revolution Solitude

2009-11-24 20:39

4664.jpegThe celebrations of the sixth anniversary of the "revolution of roses" in Tbilisi are over. This time they happened to be without traditional Georgian extravagances and pomposity. And even without foreign guests. Now, after the celebration of the «revolution of roses», one can only note: the fight for power is going on in Georgia.


And this was acknowledged by Saakashvili himself. «The real revolution in our country did not finish on 23 November 2003; it started (six years ago) and now it is going on faster than ever», said the Georgian president at his meeting with a group of students. A liberal, free and democratic revolution is not just swinging flags, he added.

«The revolution is required for the people to take even more power over the leaders, for the people to become the sovereign of its own country, for the people to become more important than a single historic figure», explained the president.

In his words, the revolution means to create a society with an open economy, eradicated and inadmissible corruption, when the officialdom serves the people. «This was the only correct way chosen by the Georgian people then... This way is irreversible, and we will not deviate from it», concluded Saakashvili.

According to Saakashvili, the main achievement of the revolution is fight against corruption and no bribe by the police. Most citizens of the country agree only to the last lines of the president's speech. Most Georgians (those that surely do not belong to top echelons of power) really consider the fight against corruption quite successful. As for the rest, no positive results.

Otherwise there would be no need to arrest the oppositionists who threatened to pursue Mikhail Nikolaevich everywhere to hiss him off on that red-letter day. As a result the young oppositionists just did not have a chance to get to the Parliament square, traditional place of manifestations and protest actions.

As «» reports with reference to the chairman of the non-government organization «Ex Prisoners for Human Rights» Nana Kakabadze, the oppositionists were arrested on Prospekt Rustaveli while they were heading towards the Parliament with their posters to express their protest against the limelight murders that happened in Georgia some time ago.

Today it was known that the court sentenced the young oppositionists to a fine of 500 lari. The court found that the oppositionists violated the law «On meetings and manifestations» forbidding any protest actions near public office buildings and any blocking of central roadways. The Georgian Parliament accepted the amendments to this law just a few months ago, after the termination of high-scale opposition meetings in Tbilisi.

This summer the Parliament passed in the first reading a package of legislative amendments prepared by the governing party. The amendments are aimed at the toughening of manifestation rules, increasing administrative fines and arrest periods. The innovations initiated by the authorities forbid any political actions within 20 m from administrative and governmental buildings.

The provision on roadway blocking is adjusted, too: this is admitted only if there is a sufficient number of participants, when the manifestation cannot be performed in another way, says The detention period in the case of several types of delinquency, including resistance to the police, disorderly conduct and manifestation law violation is increased from 30 to 90 days.

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