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Beacon of democracy in bad light2011-12-07 14:18
US press has unexpectedly found out that the US "pocket" beacon of freedom and showcase of democracy, i.e. Georgia, does not actually deserve these epithets. As it turns out, democratic aspirations in this republic have long been trampled, the country's government is not ashamed to use most disgusting methods of struggle against opponents, and the opposition is suppressed by the powerful state machine.
"The king is naked!" - it suddenly occurred to US mass media. One of Georgia's opposition leaders Irakli Alasania opened the eyes of US public in an interview with The Daily Beast: Georgia has no democracy at all. Hmmm, who could have thought of that? Where roses of a progressive revolution once bloomed, now is an ugly chaos of authoritarianism, political non-freedom and a de-facto slaughterous regime.
According to Alasania, this is proved by a tragic story of Tamaz Tetradze, a 47-year-old representative of the Defense Ministry who was arrested by the law-enforcement authorities on a charge of espionage in favor of Russia and died after a week, allegedly as a result of a heart attack. Sudden heart failures as well as other health problems are quite typical of Mikheil Saakashvili's enemies (Badri Patarkatsishvili for instance).
"He was brought to the Ministry of Defense where he was beaten up and died" - Alasania said in the interview with the Daily Beast. - I made a big deal out of it and called for an investigation. Why is there no investigation?" What a strange question? Why should there be an investigation? Are they idiots to accuse themselves?
Tina Burdzhaliani, Georgia's deputy minister of justice assures that the investigation is being carried out properly. "The inquest should begin without delay", - she swears. - Certain investigative activities have already been done, and the investigation is in progress. The objective is to determine the cause of death and identify persons that might be responsible for the incident. In general, it should be clear whether anyone is responsible". One remark though: it's been a few month since the death of Tamaz! What kind of Estonian anatomic pathologists deal with his corpse to be unable to define the cause of death yet?