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Georgians held a meeting and broke up2010-11-26 18:30
People's Representative Assembly in Tbilisi has completed its work. According to the participants' estimate, about 25 thousand people from various regions of Georgia gathered today in Rustaveli Avenue to announce impeachment of President Mikheil Saakashvili, express their mistrust in parliament and disagreement with constitutional amendments. However, public authorities ignored the people: the head of the state was away in Moldavia, while parliamentarians had transferred their sessions to Batumi - right to the concert given by famous tenor Placido Domingo.
Yesterday, at six o'clock in the evening, Tbilisi time, People's Representative Assembly in Georgia started to wind up the mass meeting in Rustaveli Avenue. The traffic in the main city avenue had been blocked for two hours, while public representatives and oppositionists' speaking went on. The territory of the action was patrolled by members of non-formal People's Patrol.
As was reported by The People's Party political secretary Alexander Shalamberidze, there were no clashes with the police. "The People's Assembly meeting is over. According to the initiators, they are going to act in various regions and districts of Georgia. Everything went on well. The road was blocked; the police never turned up".
According to Shalamberidze, there were about 20 to 25 thousand people at the meeting, while the government media reported that there were no more than 6 thousand participants. Leaflets of The People's Assembly, its bylaws and a statement expressing mistrust in the authorities were handed out, as well as a newspaper with a slogan "Fighting till final victory". The sun was shining and it was relatively warm; the day was perfectly suitable for public activities.
The meeting promoters, primarily, representatives of intelligentsia, tried to peacefully attain the resignation of the current government led by Mikheil Saakashvili. Such famous people as actor Gogi Kavtaradze, author of the Georgian hymn, poet David Magradze, lawyer Mindia Ugrekhelidze, world chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili, stage director Robert Sturua, political expert Soso Tsiskarishvili were joined by non-government public organizations and political parties Democratic Movement - United Georgia, National Forum, Conservative Party, Women's Party and Georgian Party, The People's Party, Way of Georgia and Tetrebi.
Some other political powers did not take part in the action, supporting it morally. For instance, one of The New Rights leaders Manana Nachkebia promised to bring her supporters into the street only if the government applied force. However, there was no blood.
The people announced a Verdict of Mistrust in top officials and impeachment of Saakashvili. As the document goes, only the parliament is capable of firing the president. However, the legislative body of Georgia is legally incapable, consisting of corrupted officers.
"Georgian parliament does not really represent the Georgian people, so the people cannot express their will through the parliament. The majority of Georgians demands Saakashvili's voluntary resignation but there is no effect. In this connection, the people assume the right to announce their mistrust in the president of Georgia and his resignation", - goes the Verdict of Mistrust of the Georgian people.
The declaration points at the monopolized authorities, corrupted government, the ruinous form of government infringing human rights and letting political discrimination flourish.