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Neither exercises nor raids scare Georgian opposition away2009-05-07 18:14
NATO exercises have begun in Georgia. Simultaneously the Interior Ministry keeps arresting the Mukhrovani rioters. All this slightly affected the schedule of opposition actions.
Recently after the Georgian Interior Ministry announced disclosure of the anti-state plot at the Mukhrovani military base many started suspecting that this provocation might be Mikheil Saakashvili's way to put an end to the public disturbance. Expert Mamuka Areshidze expressly declared: the authorities want to discredit their opponents. Ramaz Sakvarelidze envisaged introduction of an emergency state that would stop "disorder" in Tbilisi streets. According to Irakli Sesiashvili the government could stage the military revolt forcing the opposition to initiate negotiations. Sesiashvili's another version is this: the militaries protested against the order to interfere in the country's internal political processes and disperse the protesters.
This cause of the riot is supported by the information on supplies of police uniform to the military units. It was stated last night on privately owned Maestro TV. According to Movement for United Georgia leader Eka Beselia Saakashvili wanted to discredit the army in the eyes of the society by turning it against people "as the army rebels against the country leaders too". Anyway after a number of scandalous arrests of military officers "street" leaders didn't lose courage but on the contrary confirmed their intention to carry on with the rallies.
Democratic Movement - United Georgia leader Nino Burdzhanadze after the scandal involving her supporters who allegedly bought arms does not trust the video footage presented by the Interior Ministry as evidence. She called it absurd emphasizing that the revolt had been initiated by "the servicemen who heroically fought in Tskhinval while their commanders were fleeing".
David Usupashvili, the Republican leader thinks the situation in Mukhrovani could have been framed up by the government. "I call on the authorities not to make use of such methods in order to save themselves otherwise it will bring the country to ruin. And if it was devised by other people, or a group of militaries I urge them to get back to their duties and continue serving their country", - Novosti-Gruzia quotes. The Way of Georgia leader Salome Zurabishvili believes the events in Mukhrovani are only encouraging the opposition to fight to the end.