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Kesalo: the earth went from under the feet

2012-07-12 16:04

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July 10, at the center of Tbilisi, in front of the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia, an action of protest took place. Protesters were the Azerbaijanis, residents of the village of Kesalo, Gardabani region. The rally was held under the banner of the party "Future Georgia". According to the chairman of the party, originally more than 400 people were going to participate, while only about 10 people have gathered in front of the Ministry. It turned out that the police car, patrolling the road Gardabani-Rustavi, have prevented the passage of fixed route taxis, on which the residents were going to the action.

The police stopped the buses and urged the passengers to return home. Only the most nimble managed to get away unnoticed and to get to the building of the Ministry of Economy. In the South Caucasian countries such way to prevent all kinds of protests has already become ordinary. We have repeatedly witnessed of overlapping of the road in the days of demonstrations in Tbilisi and Baku. And forced conspiracy of the protesters makes the police even more angry and insistent in their demands.

Vidadi Eminov, a participant of the action is one of the few who managed to get to the building of the Ministry. "We went in small groups in different buses. Many were arrested, brought back, and we were not detected, we managed to get out of this situation".

What do the residents of the Georgian village of Kesalo want?

The village residents are ethnic Azeri. For centuries they have plowed, sowed, mastered the local land since the soil here was fertile and gave a bountiful harvest. This continued until the land reform in 2006.

"All the time after Georgia obtained independence we were paying land taxes, watering taxes", Vidadi Esminov says. "In 2006, Parliament made ​​a decision under which the land was to become the property of the peasants. A closed auction was held. We have made a payment for land, paid for notary services, resulting that each family has got land lot of 2800 square meters. Within 5 years, until 2011, we were waiting when they give us the documents on the land, the so-called land passports. Suddenly an investor comes and starts to process our land. We ask: what's the matter? We have got calm answer that they had bought the land. And instead of the expected passports, they started handing out money, which we had once paid for the land.

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