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Georgian regions trooping to the capital2009-04-23 17:27
Georgian opposition resumed their protest actions. However the number of demonstrators has dropped notably after the Easter break. But the oppositionists are still waiting for a new wave of protests. Last night the capital started welcoming regional convoys.
The protest mood will be more intense and will not subside until the real changes take place in the country, - Alliance for Georgia leader Irakli Alasania of the opposition stated live on Kavkasia TV on the evening of April 21. The same day Speaker of Georgian Parliament David Bakradze discussed the current situation in the country with the representatives of creative intelligentsia most of them supporting the opposition. After the meeting Bakradze noted the authorities were planning democratic reforms and the radical opposition's rejection to join this dialogue should not be an obstacle for these reforms.
David Darchiashvili, a deputy of the dominant party expressed a similar point of view. "The opposition is late to present a clear and unique reply. I think part of their leaders are hostages to their radical ultimatum and/or want to save face in front of ordinary members. It is not impossible either that somebody thinks time is on their side or the nerves of the authorities will fail", - Darchaishvili's interview with 24 hours newspaper is presented on Civil.ge. According to him the demand "you leave - I come" is unacceptable for the agenda of the dialogue. "All other issues are subject to discussion with the agreement very likely to be reached on them. But agreement does not mean a unilateral concession", - he emphasizes.
Darchiashvili also stated that unprecedented measures for the reinforcement of the judicial system have been taken since 2006. He also complimented Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili saying that for the first time the police had got down to their direct responsibility to protect public order. Meanwhile Vano Merabishvili remains one of the antiheroes of the current authorities provoking the rage of the protestors.
On April 22 Tbilisi turned into a symbolic "prison city". One of the opposition leaders, Levan Gachechiladze announced that until Mikheil Saakashvili stepped down "the city of cells" would be set up in Tbilisi. The cells the oppositionists sit in by turns were mounted near the presidential residence and the Georgian Public TV building at the beginning of the demonstrations.
Then the opposition promised to set up mobile cells on the area from Freedom Square to the building of Parliament and around the State Chancellery and Tbilisi Mayor's Office.