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Opposition is eager to hold new meetings2009-09-29 12:30
The lull in Georgia is never long. After several months of silence, the Georgian opposition is again intended to hold meetings and protest actions. EC is again calling upon the opposition to a dialogue with the authorities.
The summer time out announced by the opposition has dragged on. September came with seven degrees above zero, which is so untypical for Georgia, and the oppositional leaders still promise to reveal the plan of further actions.
Leaders of some oppositional parties have already stated that they are not intended to join the street protest actions in autumn so long as there is no protest zeal among the people. Such statement was made by head of party For Fair Georgia Zurab Nogaideli.
However, part of the Georgian opposition, for instance, November 7 youth movement is intended to resume protest actions. As Rosbalt correspondent reports, the meeting will be held tonight. According to the initiators' forecast, it is going to be attended by at least 50 thousand people. They are going to express their protest to the president of the country who granted a pardon to the murderers of the young employee of one of the Georgian banks Sandro Gvirgvliani.
The oppositionists demanded that the Mayor's Office should ensure the security of the action participants and block the traffic in case too many people gather in Rustaveli avenue. There is also a possibility that November 7 movement will be joined by representatives of other oppositional parties.
The youth movement is not going to restrict itself to a single protest action and comply with the new legislation.
According to the amendments made to the Meetings and Manifestations Law in summer, the opposition has got no right to block the traffic in Tbilisi and other regions of Georgia if it is not dictated by necessity, that is, the presence of excessive amount of people and the absence of sufficient space on pavements.
It is yet unclear whether the opposition will be able to bring so many supporters into the streets; still, the international community already expressed concern, having called the parties to a dialogue.
According to Bakililar.AZ, yesterday, during the meeting with the Georgian opposition, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby suggested holding negotiations with the authorities. In reply, the government opponents drew the foreign guest's attention to the fact that political prisoners are still kept in the Georgian prisons and there is no progress in the terms of democracy in the country.