Aspen stick for Merabishvili14.06.2011 | 14:46
The world community is gradually forgetting tragic events of May 26 in Rustaveli avenue. Dispersion of the peaceful demonstration has not been condemned by the European Union and the States. Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili understands that simultaneously making plans for premiership. Nonetheless, implacable Labor Party keeps reminding of democratic values the West advocates. Recently the oppositionists called to introduce sanctions against interior minister Merabishvili. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed lawlessness of the "ministry of death" as the Labor party calls it, with Kakha Dzagania, the party's ideological secretary.
the Labor party calls it, with Kakha Dzagania, the party's ideological secretary.
As Shalva Natelashvili, the Labor party's leader said, the ministry of interior is full of traitors drinking people's blood to ensure their dominance. According to him, people of Georgia will triumph only when a victory banner is raised above Sakartvelo's power-wielding ministry. "We call on America and the European Union to introduce sanctions against the murdering minister and his supporters like it was done against law-enforcement authorities of Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko", - Natelashvili emphasized. Besides, the oppositionist called on ministers of democratic states and EU countries not to "shake hands" with the head of Georgia's interior ministry.
Well, the Labor party's demand sounds fair. Why were sanctions against Batka's supporters introduced immediately after the crackdown of the demonstration in Minsk and why does Saakashvili remain untouchable? Besides, in winter the European Parliament planned to divest the republic of the right to take part in sports competitions after the massacre against the opposition. However, Mishiko seems to have "teflon coating". It is the policy of double standards, isn't it?
By the way, this is not the first time Natelashvili's party has referred to responsibility for human deaths and disappearance of people at the time of the dispersion. Not long ago Kakha Dzagania, the party's ideological secretary, said that President Mikheil Saakashvili and interior minister Vano Merabishvili are personally responsible for tragic events during the crackdown on the night of May 25-26. According to the oppositionist, the Georgian society has the right to know who executed the anarchical orders in front of the building of parliament.
GeorgiaTimes correspondent got in touch with Kakha Dzagania asking him for details of yesterday's rally of the Labor party. "Our party held a meeting at the new building of the Interior Ministry where Vano Merabishvli presides", - the oppositionist stated. - We had banners featuring the minister's bloody face and pointed teeth. We stated that Merabishvili is a bloodthirsty vampire that sucks Georgia's blood. We called on his resignation knowing that he was the initiator of the crackdown resulting in human deaths. The police officers that beat people severely acted on his order. He was in charge of the slaughter. I will also say that yesterday's rally we organized was unprecedented. No frightened NGO has ever dared to come so close to Merabishvili's residence.
According to Dzagania, sanctions must be introduced against this "tyrant". "We all remember that officials of Belarusian interior ministry and prosecutor's office are denied access to Europe in accordance with the EU's decision. The same sanction must be introduced against Merabishvili and his supporters. Besides, our claim has already been submitted to the Court of Hague, and May 26 events are supplementary to his case. The president of Georgia must face punishment in compliance with international criminal law. Politics is secondary here. We consider Saakashvili and Merabishvili as ordinary criminals and gangsters that kill people. Massive protests were caused by hunger. This is not a reason to kill people", - the ideological secretary of the Labor Party emphasized.
Our interlocutor remarked with regret that US and EU officials do not offer adequate reaction to the anarchy in Georgia. "I think they have their own financial and political interests in the republic like Baku-Tbilisi-Jeikhan oil pipeline project, for instance. That is why they turn a blind eye on recent events", - Dzagania added. - Such projects give billions of dollars to some Western officials and Saakashvili himself".