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Independence Day on blood2011-05-30 12:30
Today, Tbilisi is celebrating a holiday with tears filling everyone's eyes. A military parade associated with the 20th anniversary of Georgia's independence goes on in the place of yesterday's massacre. To open the way to armor and soldiers dressed like clowns, the government broke up a meeting of several thousand people who held a protest action in front of the Georgian parliament and refused to lose ground. Another bloody page has been added to Georgia's latest history.
The rostrum where leader of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili stood this morning, reviewing the military parade, was mounted yesterday. Last night, Nino Burjanadze stood there. Mishiko could not stand the challenge and sent the police to suppress the protest action.
Today, if it had not been for a thick circle of guards, the Georgian leader could have noticed purple stains of his fellow countrymen's blood on the asphalt. Twenty years later, the country's history is still written in blood.
An action that took place this morning in Rustaveli Avenue in front of the parliament building would have been comic if it had not been for yesterday's tragedy. Military hardware solemnly went through the city center: armor and armored vehicles, battle planes flying above the capital. A very ironic scene, indeed. Georgian government and a crowd of observers with flags and balloons welcomed the army that lost three wars in 20 years. That was the army that left Abkhazia and South Ossetia and then, in 2008, was able to fight only the sleeping citizens of Tskhinval and afterwards, abandoned the area faster than the local population, opening the way to Tbilisi to the Russian troops.
Since then, Georgian weapon has been able to fight only with its own citizens, as it happened yesterday's night.
The authorities appointed the clearing of the territory of the protest action participants for midnight. By that time, special troops appeared in the square in front of the parliament building. They took up their position at some distance from the protesters. At first, there was an impression that the special units were not going to undertake any actions.