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Friends and foes. Is peace possible?2009-05-28 23:38
This year's Independence Day Georgia celebrated yesterday was a landmark dividing the country into friends, foes and others. The authorities held preplanned events crossing the military parade out of the agenda. Dozens of thousands of opposition supporters in white were yelling: "Misha, go away!" Many Georgians stayed home in their family circles watching TV and thinking when all this would be over to be able to take their children for a walk.
On that day president Saakashvili took part in several events. He opened the memorial to warriors perished in August 2008, then went to a Tbilisian school in order to tell the new generation what is going on in the country. His courageous promises and meaningful statements conveyed the message he was not going to step aside even if the opposition filled all the stadiums in the country. "The protesters are people who are unhappy of having been fired from their jobs", - he explained to the schoolchildren. In the evening he laid a foundation stone of the navigation tower in Batumi called "Cresset of Freedom" assuring those who were present that it would be Europe's tallest building.
Meanwhile Tbilisi was burning with the fire of the revolution. For three hours the demonstrators kept the railway blocked threatening to start picketing the airport the same day. The protesters highlighted their actions were entirely peaceful while the Special Forces were lining up in the Parliament courtyard. The events of 2007 were not repeated only by the grace of God. It started raining in Tbilisi at night. Soaked opposition unblocked the Tbilisi railway station.
It was For United Georgia leader Eka Beselia who announced the opposition's intention to picket the railways and the airport. Experts are afraid the situation in the capital might get out of control. Growing concern is that all calls for reconciliation intensify the radical wave. GHN information agency reports on thousands of protesters in front of the Georgian parliament urging the opposition for decisive measures. In a letter given to the opposition leaders the protesters were calling for occupation of the TV building.
Nino Burdzhanadze and David Gamkrelidze of the opposition called on the protesters to be responsible asking to comply with the opposition's plan for the sake of the common goal. Levan Gachechiladze stated: "We are not going to rush anywhere and storm buildings. If we wanted to we would have done that many times".