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Protest for PR2013-04-08 15:15
Does the protest of the "United National Movement", scheduled for the 19th of April, pose a threat of destabilization of the situation in the country? Event under the name "For the European future of Georgia" was announced two months ago in advance. But is there really a danger that Georgia will change foreign policy? Or the action of the "United National Movement" is actually designed to show that there is life in the old dog yet?
"Don't you think it's funny? You cannot take the happenings with understanding? Then come on April 19 to the protest action outside the former parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi." Supporters of the "United National Movement" are actively spreading such statements through social networks. "Nationals" have even posted on the internet a small video clip with a call to come to the action under the name "For the European future of Georgia." The action is scheduled for 4 pm, and the urge all those "who do not want Georgia to return to a time when there was no democracy and freedom" to attend the action. Promotional video clip contains a mockery at the Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili: Saakashvili's supporters don't laugh at the jokes of the Premiere and cannot take with
understanding the fact that the mass amnesty, announced by the current government, may cause increase of crime.
Secretary General of the "United National Movement" Vano Merabishvili announced the April campaign back in February. At that time this fact made the representatives of the "Georgian Dream" laugh. "I laughed when I heard about the action to be held in April and announced in February. Well, let them hold the action, even though I do not quite understand their demands," MP from the "Georgian Dream" Levan Berdzenishvili said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes.
Back in April, Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili had the right to dissolve the Parliament, as well as the government. In Tbilisi, there was talk that the "Nationals" could arrange any provocation, so that the President could declare a state of emergency, dissolve the executive and legislative bodies, and only God knows what else.
But under the constitutional amendments adopted in late March Saakashvili was deprived of these "privileges." However, he now has the power to dissolve the Parliament, but what's the profit? Under the new legislation, the government (led by Ivanishvili) remains untouched. And new parliamentary election could bring the "National Movement" even more disappointment than on the 1st of October 2012.
State Minister for Euro-Atlantic integration Alexi Petriashvili devoted the upcoming action a special press conference. According to him, the Georgian authorities will do their best "not to deprive the National Movement of the holiday spirit." "People who have not long had seen each other, will have a good opportunity to meet and talk. The weather is likely to be fine, so no one is going to screw that up," said Petriashvili.
Regarding the concerns of the UNM relatively the pro-Western course of Georgia, experts say that they are exaggerated. "If someone threatens the European future of Georgia, this is the very "National Movement," political expert Georgi Khutsishvili said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes. "They are crying around the world that Georgia has turned off a pro-Western way. As for the action, it is most likely to be attended either by the supporters of the "National Movement" or their relatives. The event itself does not pose any risk. The sole reason why the UNM wants to hold a rally, is to show the international community that in Georgia there are people unhappy with the policy of the current government," said Khutsishvili.