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Detentions instead of dispersion in store for Georgian opposition2009-03-24 12:31
No force will be used against protestors on April 9 as stated by Chairman of Georgian parliament David Bakradze. It looks like the authorities hope to get done with the oppositional activists before the X-day. Yesterday nine Nino Burdzahandze's supporters were placed under arrest.
Head of Georgian parliament David Bakradze disproved information on preparations for April rally dispersion. "The authorities stand for dialogue with the opposition, including its most radical part", - he said in his interview with Kviris Palitra newspaper (Tbilisi). "The rumors that the authorities are mobilizing their supporters before April 9 are not true. We will not foster confrontation between supporters and opponents of the authorities, - the politician promised.
But the tolerance of the officials according to Bakradze's speech will last till the opposition transcends the limits of law. "Any citizen is entitled to express his/her protest in a peaceful form but the opposition must be responsible too and ensure non-violent organization of the action as it is very difficult to keep control of a rally", - the speaker warned.
Bakradze's last remark was quite appropriate in the context of threats from extremely hot Caucasian men and fearless women. However if the "moderate" manage to restrain "the radicals" within the law it is not impossible that the authorities will initiate disorder to get rid of those who strive for the president's resignation. Givi Targamadze, chairman of parliamentary committee for defense and national security, presented a rather curious opinion on possible provocations during rallies. "Using arms for a provocation is not a problem", - he was quoted by Interfax. Targamadze did not specify which of the conflicting parties would bring arms into play.
In the meantime the media reported the authorities were preparing special means and devices to meet the attack of the opposition. Alia newspaper writes that at Shavnabada military base American instructors are training around 4500 servicemen. Apparently they were implied by one of the leaders of Georgia's Republican Party Irakli Batiashvili stating that active preparation of Special Forces for dispersion of April rallies was underway. Besides according to him Georgian Interior Ministry has already procured a large lot special equipment and tear gas. "Movement for United Georgia" Secretary General Eka Beselia reported on special hydro-jets imported from Turkey. If the statements of the authorities can be trusted all this will be used "as a last resort". And for now according to the recent events in Georgia the authorities use other methods to get rid of the opponents.
In just one day nine(!) members of Nino Burdzhanadze's party Democratic Movement - United Georgia were arrested . Last night Zurab Avaliani, the chairman of the party's division in Ajaria was placed under detention in Batumi, Rustavi-2 reports. He was handcuffed right in his house as during the search the law-enforcement officers had allegedly found firearms. Then there was information on detention of another Batumi activist of the party - Nugzar Gogrichadze. Four supporters of the Movement and the driver of Nino's husband were arrested in Tbilisi.
Burdzhanadze's husband, Bardi Bitsadze, had been warned about the raid, Regnum reports.