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It seems part of the Georgian opposition got inspired by Kyrgyz Interior Minister punished to death by the citizens: at least Zurab Nogaideli, For Fair Georgia movement leader openly threatens Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili in case city elections on May 30 are falsified. "The time for joking is up in Georgia now", - Nogaideli added. Can the Kyrgyz scenario be repeated in Georgia? This is what GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed with representatives of the Georgian opposition.
Mass disorders have been on for several days already in Kyrgyzstan. Recently a new clash between protesters and local police took place near Mediaforum building, the headquarters of the United People's Movement, RBC reports. As known, the protesters managed to get hold of arms, shields and batons taken from policemen. Besides the opposition threatened to throw Kyrgyz Interior Minister Moldomus Kongantiev out of the Talas administration building if he refuses to order his subordinates to join the opposition.
It seems Georgia wants to follow Kyrgyz example. The leader of opposition For Fair Georgia movement Zurab Nogaideli reported that if May 30 city elections are falsified, Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili will be severely punished. "Falsified elections will be costly to Merabishvili, maybe this will cost him his life", - Nogaideli stated commenting on the interview Georgian Interior Minister made with Kommersant newspaper (Russia). Asked by the journalists to specify what he meant saying "this will cost him his life" the oppositionist emphasized he was speaking directly and that "this is not a threat, this is a promise".
It's not the first time Nogaideli has threatened eventual falsifiers of elections. In February he stated that when he came to power he would punish anyone who tried to falsify elections in the country. "Everyone who will attempt to falsify elections will be severely punished so that nobody was surprised at my terminology and my actions - I will destroy them, I will beat their hands and legs off", - he said.
GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed possibility of a Kyrgyz scenario in Georgia with representatives of Georgian opposition.
Petre Mamradze, a leader of Movement for Fair Georgia
I would like to emphasize that our party is doing its best to prevent events similar to those in Bishkek. We want 30 May election to be fair, and we are actively in touch with the diplomatic communities. But we are getting prepared for violations. Now the finance police are sealing private printing offices we had agreements with. There were clashes as a result, and some our supporters are arrested. However now these events only press the spring of wrath harder and it will unbend in the end. Speaking about chances that events in Kyrgyzstan can be repeated still?
If people decide to defend their voting right by going onto the streets our party will support them. But I do hope it won't happen and that the authorities will try to avoid that. If it happens still, it will be hard for everyone.
Georgy Topadze, Industrialists party leader
I can surely tell you that if our leaders pursue policies to spite Russia a similar scenario is very likely to break out in Georgia. People's discontent over foreign and domestic policies, social, political and economic problems is boiling over. Sure this will be a tragedy, but these developments are possible.
How possible is that the authorities will dare election falsification?
The authorities are so used to that, and NATO advisors trained them so well that if they want they will. Moreover, we have evidence of violations in voters lists. Now the authorities say they will win the election and claim their leadership in polls. But since 1995 our elections have been constantly falsified, so we have no trust in international monitors. We must make our own people become more active, every polling station must be taken into consideration. The point is that as practice shows local elections are not popular - only one third of population attends them. That is why we must prevent ballot-boxes to be filled with ballots beneficial for the authorities.
Georgy Khaindrava, Institute of Equality NGO leader, ex minister for conflict settlement
Merabishvili is a provoker and a resident agent with Russian intelligence service. As for events in Kyrgyzstan they can't be repeated in Georgia. The past has shown that in terms of democracy the country's opposition has increased. Now that president Saakashvili can't be in charge of his own actions this is Merabishvili who actually governs Georgia. And his latest interview with the Russian newspaper only proves he is a provoker plotting domestic confrontation.
Georgy Gachechiladze, Greens of Georgia party leader
We are not interested in Kyrgyz situation though it has ended with the victory of the opposition. It is important who was financing this revolution. That is why let's not analyze actual doers but those who will lobby their own interests by way of revolution. I believe Georgia will do without revolts.