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Stoning police: or beating means loving2010-05-06 17:55
The police parade in Georgia has triggered civil confrontation. First victims beaten with police batons have been taken to hospitals. Patrols and special forces were stoned which made law-enforcement officers offer resistance. This is "people's love" for the ministry that Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili boasts of.
Today the Georgian opposition answers phone calls from friends with half of it celebrating Georgoba holiday, and the other half attending a police anti-parade. However, we managed to get Nana Kakabadze chairing Former Prisoners For Human Rights group over the phone. She only said she was in a hospital where two injured persons had been taken to after dispersion of the protest rally over the Police Day.
Later the names of the patients were reported. This is Kakha Berishvili, a member of the People's Party youth branch and Bidzina Gegidze, a Defend Georgia movement member with his leg badly stoned.
As Eka Beselia, leader of Solidarity with Political Prisoners social organization in charge of the rally said, the clash was provoked by persons hired on purpose.
"We did not break constitutional order. We had the right to be where we were... and the police blocked the roads even where the parade was not marching. We didn't ask for confrontation, violence was not on our mind. The provocation was carried out by people wearing civil clothes and standing behind special forces who started stoning. Naturally the opposition began to protect themselves", - she explained.
In the morning the group of opposition figures started for the ministry where the police parade is taking place having to bypass along the railway track. However the special forces were there too. Indeed, the opposition should be kept away from the glass building of the Interior Ministry which is oh so fragile!
According to pro-governmental media the bloodshed was provoked by the opposition led by "Kremlin gang" - Nino Burdzhanadze, Zurab Nogaideli, Georgy and Levan Gachechiladze, Koba Davitashvili, Kakha Kukava, Zviad Dzidziguri, Koka Guntsadze, Eka Beselia".
Other political leaders like Irakli Alasania and his Alliance for Georgia as well as Soso Shatberishvili, a Labor Party leader, expressed resentment over the parade but were careful not to go to the rally. They only called not to succumb to provocations from the government.