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“Stop, Misha!” is thrown in the face of Georgian President2008-11-07 13:31
For the first time after the August war in the South Caucasus today on November 7 a major protest action organized by the Georgian opposition is taking place in Tbilisi with around 10 thousand participants.
Main demands are these: early presidential and parliamentary elections in spring 2009, release of the political prisoners and restitution of "Imedi" television company to the family of the channel's founder, late businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili.
The action is timed with the first anniversary of the violent crackdown of anti government demonstration in Tbilisi by the Georgian authorities and the smash of the oppositional television company "Imedi". Then the protesters demanded resignation of Mikhail Saakashvili and Nino Burdzhanadze, the Speaker of Parliament, and the police made use of specific equipment to disperse the picketers.
Today at first there was a political meeting in Rustaveli avenue where in front of the Parliament building those who came joined in a minute of silence in reverence to the victims of the August events. Then there came political exposures and demands from the leaders of the opposition and other orators as well as the appeal to the brother-in-arms to "stick together". After that the demonstrators went to Mikhail Saakashvili's residence in order to repeat the necessity in his resignation and other high priority measures to be taken for normalization of the country's life under the slogan of struggle against violence with demand of liberty of mass media and the motto "Stop, Misha!".
By the end of December most of oppositional parties plan to build up a united political organization that would provide for permanent protest actions demanding early parliamentary and presidential elections.
The authorities say that pressing for new elections now is "playing into the hands of Russia" considering the problems in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The oppositionists however are not scared to be labeled "Moscow agents".
The leader of "United opposition" Levan Gachechiladze that during the latest presidential election was Saakashvili's major opponent said that "Misha has be stopped otherwise he will bring Georgia to ruin."
As one of the leaders of this organization Zviad Dzidziguri stated to the journalists the period of inertness was over, "it was caused by the August events, and from tomorrow we will start disseminating the truth" referring to the opposition's intention to hold meetings with the people of all Georgian regions.