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To get power in Georgia with God's help2012-08-01 18:11
The last time the Georgian media often report about Azerbaijanis from the Dmanisi district of Georgia, forced by the representatives of the ruling party to swear on the Koran that they would vote for the "United National Movement" at the forthcoming parliamentary election. GTimes correspondent went to Azerbaijani village of the above-mentioned district to find out, whether such compulsion really takes place.
Dmanisi is located approximately 100 kilometers to the South-West of the Georgian capital and includes 52 villages, more than 30 of which are Azerbaijani. Of course, we were not able to visit all the villages, but we have managed to talk with a population of few of them. And it gave us grounds to make conclusions about all the areas, since the Azerbaijanis live here pretty compactly and the news spread very quickly. If the representatives of the ruling party actually have visited some villages, forced or even just asked people to vote for the ruling party, most likely, this is already known in the Dmanisi and in other villages. But, to our surprise, we have found no trace of compulsion. Frankly, it seemed to us, there's no such need: all of them are for the
"United National Movement". In principle, it was always so: the national minorities in the country are the major part of the "electoral resource of the authorities".
Our Respondent Ali Babaev, the chairman of the non-governmental organization "Georgia - My Homeland", is in close connection with the Azerbaijani Diaspora and knows about its problems.
- You have repeatedly stated in the local media about the fact that spiritual persons were attracted to the processes of the impact on the population with the purpose to bend to the ruling party, forced to go to villages forcing people to swear on the Koran. But is there such need? Every Azerbaijani we have met is speaking with reverent love population to Mikheil Saakashvili. Or is it also the result of intimidation?