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Applause to Mikhail Saakashvili!2012-03-23 10:45
Trips of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to the regions are arranged with great fanfare. The audience for him is guaranteed - this is teaching staff and schools students. However, not all guests of the events, held for Saakashvili, get there on their own. Visiting the emotional speeches of President is voluntary-compulsory event. Refusal to go at such event could cost job.
Georgia is considerably more actively trying to shake off the effects of Soviet times and become a European state, than other former Soviet countries. But sometimes the result is quite different. For example, the frequent visits of President Saakashvili to the regions - this is really copying of the style adopted by Soviet general secretaries: cutting the white ribbons on the doors of the newly opened facilities, pretentious words, hugs, kisses, but the main thing - applause of enchanted audience to their leader.
"President Saakashvili has opened a new modern hospital in Chakvi as part of the hospital sector development program", "President Saakashvili has opened a hospital in Marneuli and Bolnisi" ... And so on - for two consecutive months. Adigeni, Borjomi, Terzhola, Ahmed, Gurjaani and many other areas - all with new hospitals. But there is one significant difference from the previous era - hospitals are built not on public money but on the money of private companies.
"We've built the road," "We've built a plant" ... Although the road and the plant have been built on the money of the World Bank or the Fund "Millennium Challenge".
The leader of the country hears applause wherever he goes. But according to our correspondent, the audience are often disingenuous. Students and teachers of schools in those areas where Saakashvili comes are often forced to listen to his speech full of pathos.
The learning process stops there, where he arrives, and people are brought to an event of the party "United National Movement". In case of refusal teachers may be dismissed. Thus, recently, a teacher of 7th school in the Samtredi district Ivan Kiltava has become a victim of the president's voyage. He did not consider it necessary to applaud Saakashvili, and on the second day, the teacher with 28 years of experience has been dismissed without explanation.
Speaking to reporters at one of these meetings, the youth made no secret of where they were brought from. Student: "I am a student of Kvemo-Alvani school". Another student: "We also study in Kvemo-Alvani, we were brought from training".
We spoke with students at 13:00. At this time, children from different villages of the Akhmet district were brought to a meeting with Saakashvili at the opening of a hospital. It was built by an insurance company Imedi L, but the president opened it. For this event, teachers and students were brought on taxis and passenger cars from the nearby villages. Because of this, learning process, of course, was frustrated. At the same time, director of a school in the Kvemo-Alvani Yuri Mrelashvili categorically denies that there was a breakdown of the workflow, but he has confirmed that he had ensured presence of all staff and students of his school at the event. But it is nearly impossible to interview him. He gives it only to the government media channels. However, the director said that a trip to meet with the president was organized at his own expense.