Patarkatsishvili’s supporters to declare war on regime24.02.2010 | 17:29
To Victory, a new party embracing supporters of late businessman Badri Patarkatsishvil will be established in Georgia soon. According to lawyer Shalva Khachapuridze, the party won't run in local elections but will urge for early presidential and parliamentary election instead. Among first initiatives of the new political movement is the opening of a memorial to victims of Saakashvili regime. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed the party's prospects with Georgian politicians and politologists.
As reported, To Victory party will comprise the lawyers that have won elections to the Association of Lawyers over last six years. The party's action program is based on Badri Patarkatsishvili's ideas. The party will be officially presented after local elections. As news agencies inform, some time ago the businessman's teammates took part in Our Georgia party the businessman had established a short time before his death, Lenta.ru reports.
As known, Badri Patarkatsishvili died on February 12 2008 in his villa near London. According to the medical statement the cause of death was coronary disease. A few months before his death the businessman had nominated himself for presidential election on January 5 2008 that Mikheil Saakashvili eventually won. Edward Shevarnadze, Georgia's former president, thinks the billionaire was most probably killed. "No one actually knows why Patarkatsishvili died. Some believe it was a heart attack, others think he was murdered. The second version seems more likely. His targets and prospects were so real it is clear how dangerous he was to the government". - Shevarnadze said last May.
To Victory political association will be in radical opposition to Georgia's current regime. As for the first initiative to open a memorial to the victims of Saakashvili regime, the best design contest has already begun to continue through March 15. "105 people fell victims to Saakashvili regime with Badri Patarkatsishvili, Sandro Girgviliani and Zurab Vazagashvili among them". - Shalva Khachapuridze thinks.
What are the party's prospects and where do its loud ideas lead to? GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed these issues with Georgian politicians and politologists.
Petre Mamradze, a leader of Movement for Fair Georgia
I know nothing of the party and the information on its creation might be connected with a powerful unification process of opposition forces going on in Georgia. Now everyone urges the opposition to present unique candidates for local elections. Only unification can conquer the authoritative and extremely corrupted regime of Saakashvili. Surely there are lots of parties in Georgia but unity is the main thing now. If this party contributes to unity in opposition I favor this new political movement.
It's hard to say what this memorial to victims means. No doubt there are victims of the regime. There are a lot of documentarily proved facts of power abuse by the police that resorted even to shooting innocent people. Moreover, most prisoners in Georgian penitentiaries are either guiltless or serve a disproportionate term. That's why it's no use calling public attention to regime victims.
Georgy Khaindrava, Institute of Equal Rights NGO, ex minister for conflict settlement
This party has absolutely nothing to do with Badri. This is taking advantage of Patarkatsishvili's name. These are people who simply messed around the billionaire when he was alive and now they are trying to create something using memory of him. It's absolutely right there is no lawyers' party being established in Georgia now.
As for the idea to create a memorial to the victims of Saakashvili regime it's pure self-promotion, and rather cheap. This is an attempt at self-affirmation that's why I simply can't imagine who might support these people.
Zurab Tkemaladze, Industrials fraction leader
I favor any party that would work for the good of Georgia. But I think To Victory movement won't be a serious party that would achieve great results. I think the idea to establish To Victory movement looks more like a PR move.
Tinatin Khidasheli, a Republican leader
I am sure the party has no future. We have 270 parties registered in Georgia; this one will be the 271st. And all of them made similar statements about Saakashvili at the beginning.