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Teona Tutberidze as a scapegoat2009-10-23 20:57
The Georgian government is facing a situation when it has to sacrifice a "pawn". The public demanded closing the Freedom Institute NGO sponsored by the Americans for disseminating video records insulting Catholicos-Patriarch. An employee of the organization was forced to take the entire blame upon herself.
Teona Tutberidze, author of the video editing materials that show swearing Ilia the Second stated that her actions do not represent any "institute, university or authorities" and that the "published materials and public statements" belong only to her as to "a private person".
The tone of this young woman has changed drastically. Several days ago she considered herself to be absolutely right, while she thought of the Patriarch as of a traitor working for Russia. And, as is known, one uses all means in one's struggle against a traitor, including an obscene parody. Still, Teona apologized and explained that she had no intention of "insulting anyone's personal or religious feelings".
"I am very sorry that the materials and public comments that I made available in cyber space were taken by the majority of people as an insult, - Tutberidze says in her written statement, - I do not share many of the opinions that I publish on my page in Facebook. I publish some of them not because I like them or I do not like them but because I think them to be relevant and interesting".
However, she did not change her opinion of the Patriarch; she still believes that it is her right to criticize those things she does not agree with "within the law". There is only one restriction: this is her personal position that should not be taken for the position of the authorities.
As to the opposition, it has already accused the Georgian authorities that keep close cooperation with the Freedom Institute of purposeful discrediting of Ilia the Second. Recently, the Patriarch has launched a large-scale project called Treaty on the Unity of Iberians that might help unite the people and the country including the Abkhazians and Ossetians. Before that, he criticized Saakashvili for starting the last year war that could be avoided.
Generally speaking, those words of his were the reason why Teona flung mud at the Patriarch, obviously defending the government. However, the latter turned to be ungrateful and, having denied her works, gave her away to the crowd. The day before yesterday, Conservative party demanded prohibiting the activity of the Freedom Institute, while yesterday the opposition seemed to be dissatisfied only with Tutberidze herself.