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Opposition in search of strategy2009-09-11 18:16
Several months after the active confrontation, the Georgian opposition assured itself of the cherished illusions as to the possibility of changing power within several days by a fixed date. It looks like Saakashvili is definitely going to keep his promise to stay in power until 2013. The oppositionists have slightly changed their tactics and want to present more thorough explanations of their tasks and objectives to the international community. Meanwhile, the authorities do not keep silent either: they exhibit activity and try to diminish the opposition in all possible aspects.
Decreased protest zeal is attributed to some objective and subjective factors. The Georgian opposition never managed to unite and choose a single charismatic leader. Besides, according to the News Time, the latest poll conducted by popular website www.gamokitxva.ge (which means "a poll") has shown that about 74 percent of the pollees gave a negative assessment of the oppositional leaders' tactics and strategy that is generally characterized as "on-the-spot".
One of the subjective factors is that the country's government successfully presses and intimidates the dissidents. Many oppositional leaders are said to be caught in «cooperation with the Russian special services". As to the decree of the Strasbourg Court on whether the public accusations are true, it will take quite a long time to wait for it. As the proverb says, by that moment, either the donkey or its master is dead. Applying the proverb to reality one could say that by that time, either a new revolution bursts, or the authorities get rid of the opposition. It must be admitted that up to now, the authorities have been carrying the palm.
Recently, leader of the oppositional Democratic Movement - United Georgia party Nino Burjanadze accused the authorities of an attempt to diminish the opposition. As she stated after a meeting with the diplomats accredited in Georgia, "the country authorities are using any step of the opposition for their own publicity moves, thus trying to diminish it". However, PR is not the only weapon of the government.
It has become known recently that the regional office of the Conservative party was smashed. During the attack at the Conservatives' office in the city of Tbilisi, Giorgiy Dalakishvili was severely beaten. As the GHN agency was informed by Kakheti informational center, Dalakashvili was put in hospital with serious wounds. It should be specially noted that the incident took place during the ceremony of "the government's report to the people" in Telavi.