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Freedom in Sakartvelo must be paid for2011-05-31 15:37
The tragic events in Tbilisi have got quite a real economic implication besides the political one. They have stricken a serious blow to the feeble hopes to attract foreign capital, which is so necessary to the Georgian national economy. But the situation plays into the hands of the country's ruling class, for now it can accuse the opposition of the mediocre economic policy's failure and make some money on the basically feudal system of fines.
Hundreds of people found themselves in the "torture chambers" of the brave Georgian law-enforcement authorities, which may be called "Mishiko-enforcement" authorities after a barbarously cruel break-up of the oppositional meeting in Rustaveli Avenue. Having evidently decided that the bloody massacre initiated by the police in Tbilisi streets would not be enough, the authorities made up their mind to resort to economic pressure upon the opposition. All the prisoners are offered either to spend a month in prison, or admit their guilt in taking part in the activities aimed at disrupting the current regime and pay 400 laris. It means the detainees are threatened with the illegal incarceration without any investigations being carrying out. And though Georgian
prisons are known for their comfort and high quality of dental services rendered there, the majority of prisoners preferred to put up with the overt blackmail, fairly believing that any resistance to the moloch of the state violence would cost too much.
This fact is confirmed by the fate of one of the leaders of the All-People Assembly of Georgia, a famous actor Gia Burjanadze who got serious problems with health after spending quite a short time behind the bars. "I spent the whole night in the preliminary detention ward in wet clothes and now I've got pneumonia", - the oppositionist is cited by Pirweli agency, while Burjanadze's associate in the All-People's Assembly Irakly Batiashvili have disappeared without a trace between the sand stones of Saakashvili's repressive machine. There is still no information about him.
But even despite the strong pressure on the part of the police, not all the prisoners agreed to pay the shameful wages. 90 people at least are still kept behind the bars of Tbilisi gendarme Vano Merabishvili. His boss Mikhail Saakashvili studied law in the USA but it appears that the years of cramming never knocked the basic legal principle - presumption of innocence - into his head. God knows what he did at Strasbourg Human Rights Institute either; he must have learnt how to infringe these rights better.
The tragic events in Rustaveli Avenue and the reprisals that followed revealed the true essence of the "democratic" state built by Saakashvili and his henchmen. Under the guise of demagogy about western values and innovational economy, they set up a police totalitarian regime based on thoroughly fed paranoid hysteria and the image of a country being a pillar surrounded by enemies imposed on the people - according to the best traditions of Saakashvili's predecessor on the path of dictatorship Josiph Stalin.