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Resignation for Saakashvili. What's next?2013-01-10 20:51
Yesterday in the Georgian capital, in the business center "Didube Plaza", there was held a conference dedicated to the collecting signatures for the resignation of president Mikheil Saakashvili. Today, everyone in Georgia is concerned: signatures are collected, and what's next? How, even having a million signatures for the resignation of president Saakashvili to achieve a real departure from power? Yesterday's conference was in fact devoted to the discussion of the next steps of the movement "Unanimity".
Some time ago, on November 14, a non-governmental organization "Unanimity for Human Rights" started a campaign to collect signatures for the immediate resignation of the president in Tbilisi. In a short time the action took widespread nature and infected the whole country, therefore it was called the movement "Unanimity", of the same name as the NGO - the initiator of the action.
At first the movement secured the support of eminent figures of Georgia. Among them there are the directors Rezo Esadze and Rezo Chkheidze, writer Chabua Ameridzhibi, sculptor Rezo Amashukeli, football player Manuchar Machaidze. Their names were written on the tents installed in public places in the city, mostly near the exits from the metro stations. On the tents there was also written the slogan "Join". Georgians know their celebrities. Almost no one passed by. People stopped near the tents, asked about the topic of the action and decided whether to put their signature under "the demand of the president's resignation".
To vote, you were not required to show a passport or other identity document. It was enough to write your name and address and sign in front of them at a specially prepared document containing the demand the resignation of the president. However, some cautious citizens still refuse to record their names. They were explained that in this case their signatures wouldn't have the appropriate force. And then people determine, whether they want to finish the business. Process is similar to a survey. We all have at least once faced the survey workers. We must pay tribute to Tbilisi. They have recognized the importance of the action and treated it very seriously. There was a sense that the people has been waiting in the wings to express the will, and now finally got good at it.
Less than 2 months took more than 800,000 citizens of Georgia to sign the demand "of the immediate resignation of Mikhail Saakashvili". The action has not yet reached the periphery of the country.
What has caused such anti-presidential movement, and what are the main arguments of the initiators of the action? The leader of the national movement "People's Front" Nodar Natadze told about two reasons - a principled and practical. "Saakashvili has inflicted such damage to the Georgian people that he has no right to be the president, not saying about free movement on the streets. He, along with former president, has carried out a number of acts of treason and acts equal to treason, which has weakened the position of the nation and the state in all directions", Nodar Natadze says.
Chairman of the NGO "Unanimity for Human Rights" Mikhail Andguladze told details about his initiative. He argues that starting from 2004, the Constitution of Georgia has been amended 143 times. The amendments are ungrounded and serve only the interests of one man, his goal to usurp power, ignoring the will of the people.