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Museum of Soviet occupation: to be or not to be?

2012-11-16 19:40

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Two actions - for and against the Museum of Soviet occupation in Tbilisi were held in the center of the Georgian capital. The first was held by the representatives of the NGO "Earth - our home", which  is regularly holding actions from late October, demanding to close the museum. The second was attended by members of various NGOs, bloggers and public figures.

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"Earth - our home" is collecting signatures on a petition to the Ministry of Culture of Georgia demanding the closure of Museum of Soviet occupation, since it doesn't contribute to the establishment of the Georgian-Russian relations. "Soon you will learn about the results of this work", promised the head of the organization Elgudzha Hodeli.

Another organization - "Institute of Eurasia" and its leader Gulbaat Rtskhiladze also opposed the museum and proposed to reorganize it into the Museum of the Soviet era. NGO "Erekle II Society" supports this requirement.

Picket at the museum lasted about 20 minutes, after which the participants - about 15 people - marched to Freedom Square and laid wreaths at the monument to Pushkin.

On Thursday evening, another group of the Georgian public - about 50 people - gathered in front of the Ministry of Culture of Georgia, to express their support of the museum. Many participants attached to their clothes pieces of paper with the words "Stop the return to the Soviet Union".

The action was organized via social network Facebook, through which invitations to potential participants were sent.

"The issue if Georgia needs the Museum of Soviet occupation or not is even out of the question. We all know the situation in our country. So even given the new government of Georgia and change in the foreign policy there are fundamental questions that cannot be reviewed", a representative of "House of Tolerance" Sandro Gabisonia told reporters.

The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia announced that it would not review the status or the name of the museum. "Given the public interest we declare that the agenda of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia does not include the issue of change the status or title of the Museum of Soviet Occupation", said in a statement by the Ministry of Culture of Georgia.

Note that on November 10, in the capital of Georgia there was held a flash mob, demanding not to close the Museum of Soviet occupation. About 150 protesters lined up in front of the National Museum, which is part of the Museum of Soviet occupation. Participants of the event were students of three high schools and residents of Tbilisi.

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