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Cell pickets. Mind your nerves!2009-04-24 12:56
Throughout last night the Georgian opposition was busy constructing an ad lib cell town in the center of Tbilisi near the Parliament. In a common effort the staged performance initiated by the opposition might turn into a political detective story which is close to a thriller.
By the morning of April 23 both entrances to the State Chancellery were blocked by the cells. Levan Gachechiladze, the United Opposition leader specified that the cells would be set up along the perimeter of the chancellery. The oppositionists greeted the dawn sitting in cells that according to Georgian media were not enough for everyone.
It is not clear where this confrontation act will lead to as in spite of the regional reinforcement the protest wave tends to gradually wind up. This is why the opposition is applying its best efforts to aggravate the situation. The law-enforcement authorities have not reacted to the State Chancellery blockade yet. Meanwhile the fact remains: the acts of opposition can be easily qualified as violation of the Constitution for the opposition's deliberate interference with the work of public offices.
However the opposition is not going to stop halfway threatening to heat up the confrontation. The government sessions will no longer be held in the State Chancellery as stated by the opposition leaders during pickets, GHN reports. The pickets will continue near all key public agencies including the Parliament, State Chancellery, Mayor's Office, sakrebulo, and the presidential residence.
Eka Beselia chairing Movement for United Georgia informed that from April 23 another form of civil disobedience would be used - pursuit of the authorities. "Simultaneously with picketing the acts of pursuit will begin. Wherever our president or other leaders will go the protestors will follow them in order to limit their freedom of movement. This is the way the leaders will see they can't rule the people and can control only a handful of their teammates", - Beselia stated. She also repeatedly threatened the authorities with the arrival of ex Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili.
It looks like the opposition is organizing provocations on purpose. Regardless of numerous declarations they did not present either a plan for the regime change, or a program for the country's further development. The main consideration is that Saakashvili's nerves will fail. No one wants repetition of 2007 events when the authorities started panicking and attracted the riot police with batons. But the protestors openly acknowledge they don't want to enrage the authorities. Besides Saakashvili has also learned a lot over all this time - look at his made-up indifference to the current events.