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Refugees block Anaklia

2011-09-22 14:54

Refugees block Anaklia. 22307.jpegA bad worker quarrels with his tools, a bad doctor complains about his patients, a bad hostel supervisor is always dissatisfied with students. And a bad government blames people that don't let the authorities build a bright future distracting with their ceaseless problems. Here is an official plan to transform Anaklia into a rival to Cote d'Azur but local refugees refuse to favor the leadership and quietly leave.


The refugee issue is again acute in Georgia. This time it's not families living cooped up in Tbilisi and unnerving the authorities with their presence. Plans of the Georgian government may be ruined by IDPs living along Anaklia coastline that Saakashvli recently defined as a 7-star sea resort of Ajaria.

Naturally, people occupying old shabby huts somehow spoil the look and status of Anaklia. After all, the town will host honorable guests and will shine as a worldwide tourist center, as planned. Tottering houses on the shore and their dwellers don't make the panorama of the place better. So out of sight out of mind, the authorities decide planning to move 20 families to Poti ignoring the fact that these people have been living here for 18 years already.

Yet, the evictees refuse to show understanding for the government's position and move to a new town from their place of settlement. "During holiday seasons we save a certain amount, and now they want to take us away from here. As workers on construction sites told us, in a few weeks' time a new project will be started in this place", - the refugees explain.

Cynical pragmatism of the authorities is shocking indeed. As well as their unrealistic dreaminess. Here are people (citizens of Georgia, by the way) that somehow manage to get by on seasonal work. They must be ousted from their places of settlement and moved to another city. As you understand, refugees won't be welcome twice. And, most importantly, they won't be given any job. What's the point in having an apartment offered by the Ministry for refugees from occupied territories and resettlement, if people will starve?

And what is the reason for evicting poor refugees whose life is not a rose garden at all? For the sake of Mikheil Saakashvili's fantasies and his obsession to build a "seven-star sea resort"? As if Batumi is not enough to this dreamer from Tbilisi. As if there is nothing else to do but compete with the UAE in luxuriousness and try to look like Saint-Tropez and Nice.

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