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Nino Arrested: the World is Full of Rumours

20.04.2011  |  12:52

Nino Arrested: the World is Full of Rumours. 16081.jpegOn the threshold of May's protest actions some representatives of the Georgian opposition and some mass media declared that the country's authorities may coop up in prison the leaders of the discordant. Among the potential prisoners there is the head of the "Democratic Movement - United Georgia" Nino Burdjanadze who has threatened Mikhail Saakashvili with a popular revolt more than once. The correspondent of GeorgiaTimes spoke on the possible punitive actions to the ideological secretary of


Labourists Kakha Dzaganiya, the leader of "The New Right" Manana Nachkebia and the head of the "Imedi" party Irina Sarishvili.

"When President Mikhail Saakashvili's authorities are in difficulties they will arrange some acts of terrorism themselves to start arresting the oppositionists", said the Ex Ombudsman, now chairman of the "Georgian Party" Sozar Subari. In his words, Saakashvili's team will use such methods to try to retain power, but by doing this, according to Subari, the current regime of the republic will just bring their end closer.

The forthcoming confrontation of the authorities and the opposition is being discussed more and more actively in the press. The 2nd of May is approaching: it is on this day that the leader of the "Democratic Movement - United Georgia" and a member of the Executive Board of the "Popular Assembly" Nino Burdjanadze will present their plan of actions aimed at removing from power the current Georgian president. Even now Nino Anzorovna has noted that there may happen a revolution in the republic, similar to those that the world observed in the Middle East and in Africa. "The risk really exists, but we are going to minimize it", she promised.

Maybe the country's authorities has taken the prominent oppositionist's words too seriously, or maybe Georgian tabloids are just playing up the "hot" subject, but last week some periodicals said that the governing team was planning to arrest Burdjanadze. One of the possible scenarios is a staging using "discreet tapes" that will be presented as proof of its illegal activity in order to accuse Nino Burdjanadze and her husband Badri Bitsadze of preparing a coup.

The "Democratic Movement" believes that such a variant is quite probable. The followers of the ex speaker stressed that the country's authorities may arrange any provocations and say any lies to resist the opposition. "Anything can be expected, but if the authorities try to do it, they will obtain a much worse result", note the party representatives. 

The GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked the representatives of the republic's opposition if any arrests of the leading Georgian oppositionists can really be expected.

In the opinion of the ideological secretary of the Labourists Kakha Dzaganiya, such a possibility cannot be excluded today, as the authorities have already shown their "democratic essence". "Anything may happen: not only arrests but the liquidation of certain opposition parties", he stressed.

For her part, the leader of "The New Right" Manana Nachkebiya believes that now the rumours on the probable detention of some representatives of the Georgian opposition are somewhat exaggerated. "But, if the situation becomes too strained and revolutionary spirits rise in the republic, then arrests are quite possible", added the oppositionist.

The head of the "Imedi" party Irina Sarishvili believes that the authorities will try to provoke a mini-revolt of the population themselves. "According to the tradition, for these purposes they may use the opposition they have created themselves and are publicizing on television, she said. -  I believe that for Saakashvili to maintain his grip on power upon obtaining the Prime Minister post he requires snap Parliament elections. However discredited were the opposition, regular Parliament elections will not allow Saakashvili to have the number of deputies of the governing party that would be sufficient to approve him as the Premier".

Irina Sarishvili also stressed that the scenario of 2007 might be repeated. "The authorities may quell the protest again, may make the opposition step behind, causing a depression of the population and arrange snap elections. However, I think it may rather happen in autumn. Saakashvili may be preparing for this not only to set the elections but to impose the state of emergency in the country. Of course, one can hardly forecast the behavior of a person who behaves in an absolutely illogical way, but, judging by the past experience, this scenario of events is pretty plausible", she thinks.

Ruslan Chigoev

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