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Police in the person of a patron saint2010-05-04 23:08
From now on, the 6th of May, the Day of St. George the Victorious, is going to become the Police Day in Georgia. The decision was taken by Vano Merabishvili's administration that has forever associated the image of MIA with the holy face of Sakartvelo's patron saint. The people express their protest, threatening to mar the policemen's first parade, while the authorities do not seem to be much bothered about it.
Georgia withdrew from the Soviet Union 20 years ago but its love for military parades seems to be running in the Georgians' blood.
The only difference is that earlier, the Soviet people used to take part in the holiday demonstrations of the trade unions on May 1 and military parades on May 9; today, the Transcaucasian country does not much appreciate the working people and consider the Victory Day to be an almost second-rate holiday.
Instead, they have invented new holidays. It has become a tradition to hold a military parade on May, 26 associated with the Independence Day, while the 6th of May has been established as the Police Day and will be also marked with the parade of internal troops: special forces and patrols.
As was explained by Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Vano Merabishvili, the date has been chosen basing on the fact that the current police holidays are obsolete. "The Georgian policemen used to celebrate two professional holidays: November 10, the Police Day, and November 30, the State Security Officials' Day. Both dates are total anachronism, so long as the first holiday is the Day of Soviet Militia, while the second one was established by the Soviet Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution, Speculation and Sabotage. That is why we decided to select a new day", - the minister's letter says.
The 6th of May was selected because this date "is associated with positive emotions: firstly, this is Giorgoba's Day and secondly, it is the day when Adzharia got free from Aslan Abashidze's regime".
Well, that is rather a broad hint: the police seem to be putting themselves next to St. George the Victorious that is worshipped in Georgia as the country's patron saint.
This legendary person ruled the Asianic province of Cappadocia of the Roman Empire at the end of II - beginning of III century. He brought down the Emperor's anger on himself by embracing Christianity and was cast in prison where he was subjected to fiendish tortures. St. George bore the tortures; he did not deny Christ and was finally executed.