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Lisbon prostitutes as Georgia’s political creed2010-11-29 12:11
Piquant adventures of the Georgian delegation at the time of NATO summit in Lisbon are no more an ordinary scandal but a real political myth. Georgian media report new details of the antics of Sakartvelo's naughty boys instead of leaving the story as a minor incident of modern times. Curiously enough, the adventures are described in a manner that corresponds public orientation of a newspaper. If things don't change, the question "Was there something in Lisbon or not?" will soon become a distinct indicator of one's political position.
It will be remembered that the first report on the incident appeared in Correio da manhã, a Portuguese tabloid. As the newspaper claims, the Georgians inspired by NATO summit results invited 80 prostitutes to Tiara hotel and had a great party together with their Armenian colleagues making French president Nicolas Sarkozy wake up because of the noise. He complained to the hotel administration. The police was summoned. Police officers called to stop the nighttime fun and made up a protocol. This is basically the end of the story that readers of the newspaper read smiling and forgot.
Nonetheless, the story caused a real political storm in Sakartvelo despite an attempt to keep the scandal out of the spotlight by official authorities. Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tried to put up a brave front refusing to comment on the situation until it was cleared up. But the grip of other politicians was strong. Levan Vepkhadze, vice speaker of parliament demanded a special investigation into all circumstances of the incident in Lisbon hotel. "The story featured by western mass media needs investigation - reputation of the whole Georgia is at stake", - Vepkhadze stated.
The events that took place in the hotel in Lisbon started gathering like a snowball. Some assured it was all nonsense - a provocation of a yellow newspaper with reference to Conceição Ribeiro, CEO of the five-star hotel that thinks the article is "made out of thin air" since he "lives in the hotel: he was there for 24 hours during the summit and heard nothing like this happening". The tabloid, however, refers to the local police that can't be suspected of lying. Deputy editor-in-chief Hermando Pereira tells about "two journalists working on this topic who received information from the police responsible for provision of security for the delegation in the hotel".
Well, if the article published in Correio da manhã had no grounds, the administration of the most luxurious hotel in the capital of Portugal that offers accommodation to heads of foreign states would most probably demand refutation from the newspaper.