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The Rose Revolution: a test of time2008-11-25 09:11
Many of Mikheil Saakashvili's former advisers, who are now opposition leaders, have a negative view of the years that have passed since the ‘Rose Revolution' and believe that this revolution was a mistake. So said one of the leaders of Georgia's Republican party Levan Berdzenishvili in a ‘Kavkasia' TV station broadcast, when he was asked to analyse the events of recent years and the outcomes of the Rose Revolution.
According to him, the Rose Revolution effectively ended on 2nd November 2007 when almost 200 thousand people from around the country gathered outside Georgia's Parliament building.
"They came to say that they weren't afraid of Saakashvili, that they wouldn't resign themselves to this injustice. This truth was too difficult for Saakashvili to take, because all those years he had been maintaining that he was the only person in the whole region who was promoting the idea of democracy," said Berdzenishvili. He called the events of August 2008 the logical result of the crazy, ignorant and childish policies of Saakashvili's government.
In Levan Berdzenishvili's view, the events of 2nd-7th November last year were the first step on the road towards overcoming these mistakes, and the next step must be a change in society itself.
"We largely have ourselves to blame that everything happened in this way. We all made a mistake back in 2004 when 97 percent of the population voted for Mikheil Saakashvili to be president. We turned out to be a politically immature society, because everything that happened here was done through the force of momentum, and we have a lot of work to do in order to overcome this momentum," noted Berdzenishvili.
He made a comparison between the elections that Saakashvili has held and those that Sheverdnadze held, and emphasized that the comparison does not come out in Saakashvili's favour.
"Shevardnadze also falsified elections, but he did it cleverly so that there wouldn't have been anything to find fault with in the documentation, but under Saakashvili no attention whatsoever was paid to such ‘"trivialities'," said Berdzenishvili.
He emphasized that he views the Rose Revolution as a mistake, since it has not produced the desired results, and that Saakashvili's government was not ready to carry out the reforms which were necessary for the creation of a democratic state.
"The Rose Revolution turned out to be an illusion, a fairy-tale, but this fairy-tale has to have a happy ending," hoped Levan Berdzenisvhili.