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A compulsive contest

2010-02-08 18:14

5278.jpegThe subject of the Russian aggression remains urgent in Georgia. This topic is constantly mentioned by the Georgian politicians, both the ruling party representatives and the majority of the oppositional leaders, in their public statements. The same topic is a subject for films, plays, and literature compositions and music. However, all these things are done by the grown-up full-aged people; perhaps, by those who saw the Russian armor entering the Georgian villages and the bombarded Gori with their own eyes. Although, among the common citizens, there are few witnesses of the "Russian aggression", that is, the Russian servicemen's aggressive actions, such as the beating and killing of


the citizens, plunder and pillage.

The Georgians have been informed about the Russian aggression mostly via the statements of the Georgian politicians, as well as through the TV programs and items prepared by the Georgian TV companies. Rustavi-2 TV company was the most enthusiastic in this aspect: within a long time it has been broadcasting the items that showed the Russian military "carrying everything away from Georgia, even the lavatories, in trucks and armor". However, the company did not show the trucks loaded with lavatories. Gradually, the topic of the Russian aggression shifted to the younger audience: not so long ago, the Georgian schools announced a contest for the best drawing showing the "Russian aggression".

The schoolchildren, especially the pupils of Tbilisi, who are generally not very much interested in politics and who are mostly concerned with purely childhood problems and troubles, are perplexed: they do not understand what they are to draw. They have heard about the "aggression" on TV; still, it is rather difficult to draw the aggression when you have never seen it with your own eyes. The most interesting point is that the participation in the contest is obligatory for everyone. This is, in fact, a compulsive contest implying relative measures of punishment for non-participation. "I want all of you to bring me your drawings on the topic of the Russian aggression by Monday", - that was the way the drawing teachers and form mistresses ended the last week in schools. Those who will not bring their drawings will be given a bad mark for drawing (today, this subject is called an "art lesson" in the Georgian schools).

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