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Aggressive warm-up before “X-hour”2009-04-07 15:42
There are three days to go before April 9 but the situation is already extremely tense. Last weekend a few people were beaten up in Tbilisi. Today on April 6 another street row took place in the capital.
On Monday a fight between Public TV security guards and Ratom (Why) opposition movement members took place. VZGLYAD observer reports from Tbilisi about picketers pasting stickers with Mikheil Saakashvili's picture and a question mark on his photo and trying to write anti-government asphalt slogans near the TV office building. They also requested data on TV personnel expenses in 2009 and received this information by the way. When the guards tried to suppress agitation the scuffle resulting in arrest of 6 young Georgians began.
It is not the first time that "Whyers" have conflicted with the law-enforcement officers. At night on April 4 the police patrol dispersed young people who had painted the road up to Mtatsminda Park the formal opening ceremony of which was to be visited by president. The opposition believes that Mikheil Saakashvili illegally seized the park from businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili's successors. Policemen treated the guys quite cruelly giving them a rather undemocratic beating and pouring the paint all over them.
Anonymous avengers were even more ruthless with Kakha Hanrolishvili, a member of Research Center for Border Security and Migration NGO founded by Badri Bitsadze. He was beaten up and left for dogs on the outskirts of Tbilisi, Rosbalt specifies. According to the victim around ten people wearing masks attacked him demanding money he didn't have on him then. Nino Burdzhanadze's husband Badri and ex Prime Minister herself saw the sufferer in the hospital. After that Bitsadze called the incident the government's political massacre of its opponents and Burdzhanadze associated the beating with April 9 action regardless of Hanrolishvili's evidence about the robbers' greed for money. "This government has already shown its disability to govern the country and now it is trying to intimidate and blackmail people in disgusting ways", - she remarked. Nino accused "special forces officers and middle officials executing illegal orders".
According to Rustavi-2 the incident is not investigated by the Interior Ministry as nobody filed Hanrolishvili assault complaint.