Mishiko’s repressive democracy23.08.2011 | 20:20
What rules today's Georgia? "Democracy!" - will be a cheerful reply of the accomplices of freedom loving Saakashvili who expetly combines the rule of the people and bloody dispersions of demonstrations. Yet, this "democracy" reminds a dinner painted on a canvas in Papa Carlo's little room. Nestan Kirtadze, international secretary of the Labor Party, gave it a wonderful description calling Georgia's political system "repressive democracy". Ruslan Harabua, an expert at the Institute of CIS Countries, explains topicality of this term to GeorgiaTimes correspondent.
of this term to GeorgiaTimes correspondent.
Sometimes it seems there are two different Georgias in the world. No, it's not the US state of Georgia and the order of Sakartvelo's current authorities to call their country by the name of this state. It's just that the difference between propaganda of the government and reality in Georgia is so great that one naturally asks: do the powers that be and mere mortals live in the same state?
Hearing president Saakashvili's speeches one learns that Sakartvelo is a "beacon of democracy", a small freedom loving country stubbornly pursuing the path of civilization, development and progress, a favorite of "masters of the world" from overseas, a real paradise for natives and blah-blah-blah. Still, looking around one might see that prices are going up day after day, transport costs increase, people are strangled by unemployment. And "democracy", like a real turnskin, transforms into a monster by night. Everyone remembers the night of May 26 when special forces units were beating innocent people with batons.
The political system in this strange state is doomed to be strange too. Nestan Kirtadze, international secretary of the Labor Party, has given it a name.
"This is repressive democracy (the term sounds unlikely for political theory but it is almost a reality in Georgia). Repressive democracy, façade shows, virtual policies and PR-technologies have led to complete separation between the entire population of Georgia (the whole of it, not just some part) that live their own hard lives and authorities of Georgia as well as business groups and political elite around them represented by several dozens or maybe hundreds of families with a totally different lifestyle", - she said in an interview for GHN.
Ruslan Harabua, deputy chair of the department of Caucasus at the Institute of CIS Countries, shares the opinion of Ms Kirtadze reminding in his interview with GeorgiaTimes that repressions differ. "Those that we have in Georgia are not totalitarian or authoritarian. They are of a different kind. Basically they are connected with the Ministry of Interior of Georgia controlling and intimidating the entire population - or its part that is able to say or do something against the authorities. So I think that the statement made by the Labor Party on repressive authorities and repressive democracy is not far from truth", - our interlocutor said.
Georgian authorities shamelessly abuse their people by driving them to semi-poverty or beggarly existence. Yet, they do their best to avoid open protests. Sure: this will spoil Georgia's image of "the pennon of democracy", its painted façade. There are all sorts of atrocities behind it, but viewers from the outside don't care about it: the picture is nice, and it's enough. And current authorities are ready to serve: they willingly step on the neck of their own people for an approving nod from overseas.
"I call this summer "the summer of violence". This period is a classical example how the authorities torture their people. Passivity of people is a serious problem that has its roots. It is a response to alienation, lost heart, depression, notorious events of May 26 (when Rustaveli avenue was flooded with blood of beaten and murdered democrats), naturally it's fear (that has hundred eyes) connected with arrests and violence of the authorities", - Kirtadze said.
According to Ruslan Harabua, this state of things won't change as long as Mikheil Saakashvili remains in charge of processes in the state. And he will remain, our interlocutor thinks, because opposition forces are weak in all respects. "Naturally, they will try to overthrow this regime of repressive democracy. Yet, I don't think it will happen until all opposition forces realize that unity is a must and that the opposition needs one leader. Now there are many of them, they all crave for power, and maybe Mikheil Saakashvili is taking advantage of some of them. Maybe those whom he uses are not aware of that and there many people like that because they fail to come to a unique opinion, to consensus. This all plays into Saakashvili's hands", - the expert explained in an interview with GeorgiaTimes.
But Nestan Kirtadze of the Labor party of Georgia is sure there is another problem - at the level of people's self-consciousness. "In today's life a Georgian citizen has lost sovereignty, he has no independence, the country is in political chaos, territories are torn off, and people have to struggle for their rights and responsibilities anew. This struggle is tough, this path is difficult but it has to be done", - the international secretary of the party added.