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The Europeans in Georgia: on the swings of political reality

2009-06-17 15:24

3079.jpegAfter the eventful Monday Tbilisi lapsed into silence and peace: neither meetings, nor crackdowns. Even the government session was for the first time held in the Stationery Office building. The session did not end in throwing eggs and bottles like it was three days ago with the parliamentarians. The political confrontation is having a summer time-out as the experts had anticipated, or is it just the hush before the storm?


After yesterday's incidents, the law-enforcement agencies made profound preparations for the government session. In the morning, the police squad and the state security guards removed the iron cages erected by the opposition as symbolic jail wards from the driveway leading to the Stationery Office, which has been blocked up with those cages since the end of April. The policemen did not clear the whole area of the cages (as well as of the blankets, bedding and benches that were in the cages) but just removed those of the "wards" that prevented the road traffic, RIA Novosti reports.

This time, the opposition made no response to the government session. However, it is not yet time to talk about any decline in the protesters' zeal. The day before, the oppositionists had held a number of meetings. After someone had destroyed the "ward town" the oppositionists ostentatiously restored the wards. The protest action went on, the roads to the building remaining blocked up until Tuesday morning.

It could be possible that the opposition decided not to interfere with the government session because the officials discussed the issue of the veto set by Russia upon the prolongation of the UN observers' mission mandate. In this aspect, the opposition is sharing the position of the country government, despite its distaste for the authorities. For example, leader of the oppositional Movement for Fair Georgia Zurab Nogaideli announced that such contour is more favourable for Georgia than the adoption of the resolution suggested by Russia. He added also: "However, the situation is rather complicated; our authorities continue to take irresponsible steps, which resulted in losing some of the territories; the country is being ruined, and there is a serious question whether Georgia has got any future".

There is another explanation of the current hush. The oppositionists are just exhausted by the eventful Monday that was abundant in protest actions, arrests and crackdowns. The oppositional leaders stayed in one of the "wards" far into the night, discussing their further plans and overall strategy. Among them, there was Salome Zurabishvili, Eka Beselia, Nino Burjanadze and David Gamkrelidze.

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