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Spring maneuvers of the president2009-03-11 14:51
Georgian opposition is pursuing their offensive on all fronts. Its leaders are giving out ultimatums and smart accusations against Saakashvili. There is signature collection among the population for his resignation. Now "Alliance for Georgia" and "United opposition" are taking the lead. In spite of loud statements of the opponents the president looks quite calm.
Responding to the agitation of the opposition Saakashvili makes it quite clear that he is going to maintain his position. For instance last weekend the police dispersed a protest action organized by "November 7" oppositional movement. If a week ago its representatives called on resignation of Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili, on March 9 they switched over to Saakashvili. The result is the same: the police dispersed the protesters. In reply "November 7" came forward with another ultimatum for the authorities. A third one from the opposition. The movement demanded that their leader Dacha Tsaguria who had been arrested at the time of the action dispersion be released before 18.00 of the same day (March 9). Otherwise the oppositionists promised to pitch a
tent camp in front of the parliament. The activist was released with the obligation to pay a 400 lari (160 dollars) penalty for violation of public order. However Tsaguria stated he was not going to comply with the court's order. Moreover it was decided to take review against the judgment. So even in this case sorting out of relations between the opposition and the authorities finished in endless halls of the judicial system.
The holiday weekend in Georgia was abundant with sorting out of relations. Ex-ambassador to Russia Erosi Kitsmarashvili notorious with his scandalous accusations against the president and his confidants, stated to the Georgian media that Irakli Kodua, Interior Ministry General, had beaten him in the face of numerous witnesses at Gudauri ski resort. Kitsmarishvili asserts the general's family took part in the beating.
As Interfax reports Kitsmarishvili addressed the Interior Ministry leaders and had no response. Then the ex-ambassador referred to Georgia's ombudsman Sozar Subari. The initiation of a criminal case on the beating accident is suspended. As well as Kitsmarishvili's claim on "expropriation" of his assets in Rustavi-2 TV by the authorities.
Yesterday "Democratic Movement - United Georgia" party expressed its indignation over the PR-campaign opened against Nino Burdzhanadze. Recently her teammates supporting her anti-government position but competitors for leadership in the opposition came forward with accusations against Nino Anzarovna. As nregion informs the party's press service report states that "it is not impossible that the real author of "the black PR" is Mikheil Saakashvili's government that pays 500-5000 lari for every public outshot against Nino Burdzhanadze".
Well, the fact remains - "all is fair" at the time of revolution. If the Georgian opposition is only starting to learn the mechanisms of this principle, Mikheil Nikolaevich is a great expert here. Georgia's ex President Edward Shevarnadze's far-sightedness seems to be evident: he believes that under pressure of the opposition Saakashvili is unlikely to resign.
"The situation in Georgia is extremely tense, all people feel it and know it", - the famous politician remarked.
At the same time he believes the opposition "must not hope that if peaceful protests in April continue for 10-15 days or even a month, Saakashvili will leave his post". "The opposition is disunited. Many of its leaders are not experienced enough, they have lots of differences", - Shevarnadze is quoted by ITAR-TASS.