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Unrest in Tbilisi: Unplanned aggression or deliberate provocation?2013-02-12 18:47
Georgian experts and analysts are actively discussing the events that took place outside the public library on February 8. Who profits from such opposition? Who is to blame for the collision - Saakashvili's party, the police or the protesters? Some analysts believe that the provocation was staged by proponents of Mikheil Saakashvili, however, this does not relieve the government of Bidzina Ivanishvili of the responsibility.
As they say, don't shake your fist when the fight is over, but in Georgia the people are discussing the incident that occurred on February 8, near the public library in Tbilisi. There are lots of versions and they often are contradictory.
From the words of Saakashvili's supporters, they came to the library for a meeting with the president of Georgia, where they met an angry mob. The participants started catcalling them, then crying swear words, and then attacked them and beat. Representatives of the "United National Movement" underline that the incident was organized by representatives of the Government, and the whole responsibility falls personally on the Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.
The protesters, who had been near the library since the morning of the 8th of February, on the contrary, say that the activists of "United National Movement" attacked them with fists, insulted, and thus provoked the clash.
Representatives of the Interior Ministry say that all participants of the clash will be punished. At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Irakli Garibashvili noted that the events at the public library had elements of provocation, since, in his words, "you shouldn't annoy people who have already suffered a lot". "We arranged a corridor and two alternate entrances to the building for the deputies and the president, which was controlled by the police", Garibashvili told reporters. "In spite of this, the deputies from the "National Movement" and Gigi Ugulava headed directly into the crowd gathered at the library, which led to the collision. But we condemn all violence, and we will apply legal measures against all the rioters", said Garibashvili.
Analysts have divided on this matter. Thus, an expert on political issues Nika Chitadze believes that the responsibility clearly lies on the authorities, which have not provided the proper order. "Of course, it was necessary to arrange a safe passage so that the president, the mayor of Tbilisi and the MPs were able to enter the building of the public library", Chitadze said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes. "This corridor has not been arranged in spite of the statement by the Interior Ministry. With regard to alternative entrances, I believe that neither the president nor any Member of Parliament should use alternative corridors just because someone does not want them to come in and then also to use this fact as an excuse for the claim that president was hiding from the people and used back door. The authorities are also responsible for the fact that this event brought together people who have recently left the prison under the amnesty law. As for the police, I can say that it was rather omission, and in this case, in my opinion, the inaction of the authorities was fully conscious", said Chitadze.
However, most experts lay the responsibility for the incident both on the supporters of Saakashvili, the protesters and the police.