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A look down Rustaveli Avenue from abroad2009-04-13 15:25
International community reacted calmly to Georgian rallies. Before the demonstrations the USA and EU representatives had meetings with the opposition emphasizing people's right to express their will publicly in a democratic state. Moscow sticks to the same position. The beginning of the oppositional protest did not change its views.
Many people in Georgia are dissatisfied with the current authorities for being puppets of the West. However the opposition too always coordinates its activities with foreign structures. Before the protest Saakashvili's opponents got a kind of blessing from the foreign diplomats. And if PACE representative Mátyás Eörsi simply expressed hope that the protest rallies on 9 April 2009 would take place in a calm and peaceful manner, the meeting with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza who had always supported Mikheil Saakashvili before, could be taken as approval of the actions of the opposition. As for Russia, after the London summit Dmitry Medvedev called the coming events Georgia's internal affair. The Russian leader
emphasized that he would definitely not dialogue with Mikheil Saakashvili. Considering the mentality of today's Georgians who do all against Russia in order to prove their independence it could be possible that Medvedev's words could raise (not downgrade) the Georgian president's rating.
On the first day of the open-ended protest action Igor Giorgadze, chairman of Georgia Abroad public movement expressed his discontent with the Georgian leaders' dependence on foreign politicians in his interview with Regnum IA. "Both - the "oppositionists" laying claims to power in the country and the current authorities get instructions from the US ambassador to Georgia and outside the country - directly from the US Department of State, - he said. - We don't need instructions from Washington, Moscow or Brussels. We are a nation with a multi-millenary history and are able to work out our own action plan, to breed our own elite, and restore the state and its territorial integrity", - the politician stated. This opinion is sincerely shared by some other leaders of Georgian opposition who delivered their speeches in the square in front of the Parliament on April 9.
An aspiration for independence is a desired but generally unreal dream of small countries. That is why the reaction of the world community to the events in Georgia anyway influences further developments. What sign did oppositionists get from the international monitors?