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Burjanadze ready for revolution2011-03-17 22:17
The People's Assembly of Georgia announces the mobilization of its supporters and calls on all members of the oppositional organization to switch to 24-hour work. One of the movement leaders Nino Burjanadze has stated readiness for a peaceful revolution in the republic. According to her, the current regime simply leaves no choice to the people. However, not all representatives of the oppositional front share her enthusiasm.
A week ago, Nino Anzorovna said that she was not going to hold any protest actions until The People's Assembly is not completely ready for the change of power. However, she remarked then that Saakashvili's regime would be fully accountable for the possible bloodshed. "We are not going to wait until parliamentary elections in 2012 like those political parties that started negotiations with the government in order to improve the electoral code", - she stated.
Still, after the recent special session of The People's Assembly held in a basketball hall, Burjanadze changed her tone to a more decisive one. "Today, the country needs revolution and if the authorities do not give another way out for the people, it will happen, - the oppositionist said. - I appeal to the army and the police - you should serve your people, not the authorities". In Burjanadze's opinion, after getting rid of the current team led by Saakashvili, the country will get a chance to get united. "I am sure that the fight will end successfully for the people", - she added.
Chairwoman of The People's Assembly Nona Gaprindashvili made a more precise statement. She underlined that at the beginning of May, right after Easter, the political association will embark on the final, decisive stage of the fight. "The whole Georgia must be ready for this day, - Civil.ge is citing her. - We will fight until the end, until we liberate Georgia from this criminal regime". At the same time, Gaprindashvili made it clear that the assembly is ready to cooperate with any forces that won't agree to a deal with the authorities and really wish to free the country.
Nevertheless, her colleagues took these appeals without particular enthusiasm. For instance, one of the leaders of the Labour Party Nestan Kirtadze believes that if the people are not ready, there will be no revolution no matter how many leaders are ready for it. "I do not believe in false illusions created by statements about revolution", - she underlines. Members of the Free Democrats party of the former Georgian Permanent Representative to UN Irakli Alasania stated that the country needs elections, not a revolution. "People should realize that the maintenance of power or the seizure of power by force is harmful for this country and contradicts our nationality", - one of the movement leaders Irakli Chikovani supposes.
We got in touch with the Georgian parliamentarian Petre Mamradze and asked him to asses the prospects of the oppositional association around Burjanadze's idea. Our interlocutor did not rule out the possibility that some of the dissidents may support it. "As practice shows, it happens rather spontaneously. Another point is whether the people will support Bujanadze. That's the main thing. Now the situation approaches a crucial point. It is notable that in these last months, several western analytical centers ranked Georgia among the states expecting destabilization and a conflict between the opposition and authorities. These centers precisely foretold the events in Egypt and other Arabian countries", - Mamradze says. On the other hand, the parliamentarian reminded that until today, Burjanadze's attempts to raise the people's wave have failed.