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Cunning scroll of anti-Russian propaganda2010-10-22 15:57
Each new media campaign launched by Georgian refugees hoping to draw attention of the international public opinion gets more creative and large-scale. Actions used to take place mainly inside Georgia, now there is a 1x2 m scroll travelling around the world with the call to all world countries to help them return to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The campaign has started in Tbilisi already, and now the scroll is travelling around friendly states with Ukraine and Latvia coming next on the list. Each refugee can join in the action.
Organizers of the action have offered a really fresh idea different from other ones by scale and kindness. Flash mobs used to gather right on the borders with former autonomies. Then lives of people who were ready to cut the ribbon and fall under the tanks covered by children were highly in jeopardy.
The address on the scroll, supposed to be signed by representatives of Georgian diasporas in various countries, defines Russia as the country responsible for all troubles. People often don't realize that they are scattered around the world exclusively due to policies pursued by Georgian leaders.
Even if certain forces of Russia - as the concentrated evil for Georgian people - were going to limit their habitat, it results that all presidents of independent Georgia are undoubtedly Russia's agents. Each of the three Georgian leaders did his best for the people to flee. On the whole, the policy the country has adopted looks like a conveyor for squeezing Georgian population out of the region.
Think of that: Georgia now has new and old refugees who left their homes in the 1990s at the time of Shevarnadze and those who fled the war in South Ossetia in 2008. All the wars the country launched for the sake of Georgian citizens ended in their expulsion.
The address on the scroll has only one demand - to assist in "dignified and peaceful" return to their homes. There is not only pain and misery of common people here: it is more an attempt to remind the international community that Georgia has refugees. There are few people who really believe that they will return back home.
If Georgia's negotiation partners suddenly claim readiness to seriously discuss return issues, Tbilisi will be in a difficult situation for putting an equal mark between return of refugees and restoration of Georgia's jurisdiction over former autonomies. The return process must be synchronized with liquidation of statehood in two republics. History does not give Georgia this chance. That means that people don't have even an abstract chance of return.
Generally speaking, Georgian society has a complicated view of reality. Most refugees too, in fact. A music video hit "Hello, my Abkhazia" featuring Vakhtang Kikabidze, reflects the quintessence of the ideology of return. The video shows allegedly real return of people who go to Abkhazia by car, or hitch-hike or take a ferry from Batumi. And the obligatory accessory these people are carrying is the Georgian flag they are taking to Abkhazia...
Certainly, it's just a video and desires of Georgians to turn back the time and wake up in someone else's dream are evident. But reality is different. For those destined to come back home it will be a different state with a different flag and a different society.