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Georgian president caught in social network2011-10-06 18:31
If you dance you must play the fiddler. If you welcome the "Arabian spring" and democratic internet revolutions - be ready to have similar processes in your country. Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili had a chance to see the strength of bloggers' wrath in full with hackers breaking in his Facebook account and an initiative group from this social network announcing a protest action at the time of French president Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Georgia.
Curses like chickens come home to roost. Not long ago, as we remember, the Georgian authorities were elated at the revolutions in Egypt and Tunis organized by these free-loving nations communicating with the help of Facebook and Twitter. This is so democratic and progressive, freedom of speech etc. Yet, any stick has two ends, and Saakashvili's regime will soon feel it on its own back.
A spearhead group in Facebook has announced a protest action against French president Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Georgia scheduled for October 7. Users of the social network want to gather in the center of Tbilisi for a meeting under the slogan "October 7 - Day of Country-wide Protest". As the group informs, the action will be held at 4 pm in order to show the master of Elysee that far not all citizens of the country are devoted fans of Mishiko's party United National Movement.
"Like representatives of the civil society we can and we must organize ourselves and demonstrate our protest publicly", - the address of the group runs. - Let's stop the authorities from showing that everyone in Georgia supports "the nationals" in Freedom Square. Maybe, civil part of the society will organize itself and demonstrate the protest".
Official opposition has decided to join the bloggers. Way of Georgia supports the initiative and is ready to get involved in the media campaign in order to show to the president of France diversity of Georgia's political specter", - the message of the opposition party goes.
"By tradition we express solidarity and wish success to all actions aimed at dismantling Saakashvili's regime", - the Labor party stated in support adding that the party's active group will take part in the action, Shalva Natelashvili assured.