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Opposition: smell of jasmine in Georgia2011-03-04 11:28
It seems Mikheil Saakashvili is particularly fond of roses, the symbol of the 2003 revolution. As for jasmines, he will most probably hate them. Georgians reduced to despair by his dictatorship have to beg the state for handouts like food and electricity. Now they are given a marvelous example to follow after the victory of "jasmine revolutions" in Arab countries. All opposition forces speak about coming collapse of the regime. Saakashvili's accomplices too come to understanding that earth beneath them is burning.
The opposition demonstrates extraordinary unanimity in their forecasts of what is in store for the governing elite. Nino Burdzhanadze, leader of Democratic Movement - United Georgia is sure that Saakashvili will be dethroned in the near future since there is no other choice he has left to people of the country except for a revolt. "I'm completely sure that developments in Georgia will take a revolutionary turn, unfortunately. Saakashvili offers no other opportunity, but we must do our best to ensure a peaceful revolution. The more people will come out onto the streets the better guarantees we will have that the revolution will be peaceful, and Saakashvili won't dare lay hands on his people particularly after the boycott globally declared on the events in
Libya", - Burdzhanadze stated.
Levan Vepkhadze, a leader of the Christian Democratic movement, compares the Georgian president with the Libyan tyrant believing that Saakashvili must step down but, unlike Nino Burdzhanadze, he hopes Mishiko will be wise and honest enough to do it voluntarily. "We hope Saakashvili will not repeat the so-called 30-year path of dictatorship and will prefer a dignified pension upon expiration of his powers", - Levan Vepkhadze said at his press conference. - The population will have a chance to support the political force they want to take over".
However, the leaders of the Georgian party do not rely much on the president's integrity. "People want changes, that is why we must bring this regime down at all costs and put the country on the path of an irreversible process", - Koka Guntsadze, the party's secretary general said recently. Levan Gachechiladze, his party mate, names specific dates when Georgia will eventually take this path. "Very soon developments in Georgia will follow a similar scenario, - he said yesterday at the opening ceremony of the party's office referring to the events in Arab East. - In summertime we will go on holidays in a good state of mind, and this will be a wonderful holiday from Saakashvili".
Drastic increase in the number of opposition movements is a good demonstration that people's resentment at the authorities has almost reached the "boiling point". Yesterday one movement made a presentation in Tbilisi Cinema House. This is "Integral Georgia" movement founded by political prisoner and academician Vladimir Vakhania. According to Jemal Shelia, a member of the party's political council, his teammates appear on the political arena "with a new program, a new view and fresh ideas".
Vladimir Vakhania, founder and ideological leader of Integral Georgia, failed to attend the presentation of his progeny for clear reasons. He is in prison for "spy activities in favor of Russia". Mishiko's spy mania is well-known. He will soon outstrip another famous paranoid - Joseph Stalin, also a bloody tyrant by the way. "Illegal detention of Vakhania is one of the main issues discussed at meetings with representatives of international organizations. We consider him a political prisoner and I support his principled stand: despite all persecutions he continues his political activity", - Kakha Kukava, leader of Free Georgia movement, stated at the new party presentation.