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Tbilisi’s weakness kills sailors2011-01-12 12:06
It's been already five months since MV OLIB G ship got captured by the pirates. 15 Georgian sailors are bound to suffer from hunger and be regularly beaten by brutal Somalis. After a month-long pause the captives, barely alive, got in touch with their relatives. A protest rally was held in Batumi against slackness of the officials but there was no effect. Georgian authorities keep shaking off their direct responsibility - to protect constitutional rights of the citizens in any part of the world.
Somebody was happy to attend the concert of Andrea Bocelli, a famous Italian tenor, on the New Year's Eve, while some people were praying hard all through New Year and Christmas holidays that the sailors get back home. Most crew members of MV OLIB G are citizens of Ajaria. Their relatives have been regularly organizing protest actions near the administration of the autonomous republic for already four months. The latest meeting with the government took place after one of the captives informed on possible victims on the ship.
"We haven't had food or water for five days. At three a.m. they wake us up for beating. Somebody is sure to die here", - Ekho Kavkaza quotes the sailor.
Considerations of the relatives were naïve at the protest rally: if Mikheil Saakashvili knew the disastrous situation his compatriots are in he would not have spent his money on grandiose New Year concerts, but would have paid it as a ransom to the pirates. Believing in tsar helps the relatives hope for the better - but it can't save their sons, brothers and fathers.
Yesterday, on January 10, Batumi residents came out to protest near the Constitutional Court building based in Ajaria for already four years. President Mikheil Saakashvili was expected to come there personally. It would be the best place to report on the ordeals of the Somali captivity to the president. However, the high-ranking guest didn't turn up and the relatives had to go to the building of Government of the republic where Levan Varshalomidze, head of the autonomy, met them.
"I'm telling you that if standing on the street made things better, I would be here with you too. We are all involved in this case", - he assured.