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Georgia: memory of the killed used for publicity moves2009-12-16 17:18
According to the Georgian media, the Honor Memorial to the Soviet nation that won the Great Patriotic War is going to be destroyed in Kutaisi. The opposition called it vandalism. The current Georgian authorities have joined the war with memorials. This disease has already "visited" the Baltic States, Western Ukraine and Eastern Europe. It looks like the relapse of disease has spread over Georgia. Or, rather, it captured its restless leader, who is constantly seeking fame: not in the battlefield but in his fight with memory and memorials.
The beginning was bright; it all started with the initiative of dispersing the governmental structures. President Saakashvili suggested transferring the parliament to the second largest city of Georgia, Kutaisi. At the same time, he had a second thought of taking the lawmaking body away from under the influence of the opposition's endless protest actions. The obedient majority, as usual, gave its approval to the president's initiative. And, as a famous destroyer used to say, "the process started".
The site for the new parliament was picked right where the Memorial of the victory over fascism by sculptor Merab Berdzenishvili is located. Dismantling of the monument set up at the beginning of the 80s of the last century has been started one of these days. The authorities' actions were rather sharply criticized by the Georgian opposition. One of the leaders of the Georgian Republican Party David Berdzenishvili estimated the dismantling of the Memorial to the victory over fascism in the city of Kutaisi as an act of vandalism.
"This is vandalism; the ideology of denying authorities is the characteristic trait of the current Georgian authorities", - he stated to Maestro TV company, as VZGLYAD reports. According to David Berdzenishvili, the opposition is reckoning that the Georgian parliament, for which the site is being cleared in Kutaisi, "will not have time to move there, or will move there for a short time".
In Georgia, 700 thousand people fought at the fronts of the Great Patriotic War. Many of them gave their lives for their country. That is the reason why the destruction of the Kutaisi memorial caused a wave of indignation.