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The police and the protesters: the last verge2009-05-21 19:44
The situation in Tbilisi is slowly but surely getting out of control. The 20th of May was noted by the expected "police pressure" over the oppositionists. The news reported by informational agencies resembled the criminal bulletins: leader of the Party of the Future Gia Maisashvili beaten; second brother of Otabidze accused of preparing the Mukhrovani mutiny and put under arrest; police taking away the oppositionists' cars. All these events resulted in another ultimatum.
The opposition is about to start blocking the movement along the Georgian military road and along a number of central roads of the country unless the patrol police return the activists' cars that have been taken to penalty parking. This has been stated by leader of the People's Party Koba Davitashvili on May 20, 2009, as Novosti-Georgia informs. He has accused the patrol police and MIA of abusing their power and imposing illegal fines and sanctions.
"There is no such article in the Code of administrative offences as "creating obstacles to the presidential cortege movement", and it is not mentioned anywhere that this kind of offence is punished by depriving the car owners of their cars", - the oppositionist underlined. "The police have the right to take the car away and put it to the penalty parking only in case the driver is drunk, or has got no driving license or technical passport", - Koba Davitashvili explained.
According to the initiators of the protest actions, the policemen have taken about twenty cars belonging to the oppositional activists. Meanwhile, MIA asserts that the cars were taken to the penalty parking because their owners had violated the traffic rules and created obstacles to the movement of the presidential cortege along the central road leading to the Tbilisian airport during the protest actions at the new MIA building. The building is located not far from the road.
The current ultimatum delivered by the opposition is not the first one. Mikhail Saakashvili has repeated more than once that he is not inclined to respond to any ultimatums. All the political ultimatums, of which there have been several and which related to the presidential resignation, were ignored by Saakashvili. During the many-days confrontation, the opposition managed to get its own way only once: when MIA released several participants of the protest actions detained for disorderly conduct, that is, for a scuffle with the journalist, who supported the authorities. The mutineers trying to rush into the police building and got off with nothing more than rubber bullets; however, the troublesome oppositionists were released at Patriarchy's request.