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In the name of honor, against Saakashvili2013-01-21 18:01
Yesterday, January 20, the Georgian people held a meeting in Tbilisi demanding the immediate resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili. Tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the presidential residence in Avlabari. Movement "Unanimity" and more than 70 NGOs, the initiators of the action, called the event the Gathering of Honor.
Long before the appointed hour, people began to flock to the site of action. Groups of people, discussing the president's activity, could be seen in all the streets leading to the residence. Sunday Tbilisi has never been so boisterous, agitated and excited.
The average age of the participants of yesterday's Gathering of Honor was 60 years old. Does this mean that the Georgian youth did not come to support the action for the resignation of the president? No, it doesn't; but individual participants dissolve among the elder majority. These people are tired of waiting for changes. They use to put blame for their troubles on the "United National Movement" led by Saakashvili.
A large crowd gathered around the posters with caricatures of the president. They were attached to the fence of the residence. Here we met a group of young protesters, led by Lasha Chkhartishvili, holding a poster with a popular phrase "Misha, goodbye". Seniors look more subdued; the sadness prevails on their faces. Three police officers are on guard, but not outside, as usual, but inside, behind the bars.
The action participants have a lot of claims to Saakashvili. Wanting to find out what exactly has led the protesters here, I spoke with Rezo, one of the participants.
- Excuse me, but why do you personally demand the resignation of the president?
- You know, everything that makes today Saakashvili is the result of his anger at the people, at the "Georgian Dream". He has never been adequate, but today he's also angry and resentful.
- But today's events - this action, the cartoons - will enrage him even more.
- Yes. But if there are caricatures of the president, is not that a sign that it is time to leave? He has failed to maintain dignity. Yes, he has never had any dignity. He thought only of himself, of his own pleasures. The caricatures can be very evil and hurtful; however they accurately reflect his preferences. Look at these people, on their faces. Mostly elderly people have come here. Do they deserve such a shameful president? I personally feel ashamed.
- Who do you think should be the president?