Shevardnadze’s last warning26.08.2011 | 19:28
A pitiful state of Sakartvelo's economy could not be left unnoticed by common Georgians. A wave of discontent is rising in the society dissatisfied with president Mikheil Saakashvili's short-sightedness, constant lending and high prices. Edward Saakashvili warns his "shiftman" that people of his country have always had an acute sense of justice. Does that mean that current discontent will gain more points for disunited opposition of Georgia? GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed that with Valery Homyakov, a well-known Russian expert.
The economic situation in Georgia is getting worse day after day. Yes, the republic keeps receiving multi-million tranches in support of young pseudo-democracy and Saakashvili makes pompous presentations of holiday resorts but common people don't see any effect of it. Discontentment over the police regime only grows.
As Edward Shevardnadze, former president of the republic, stated last week, the people of Georgia have always had an acute sense of justice, and they see there is no progress in solving vital problems. "People are reasonably discontent: prices are going up, expenses increase (unlike incomes); people can't pay so much", - he remarked. Shevardnadze regrets that after his resignation the new government adopted destructive policies. "This government commits a lot of mistakes", - he said adding that if Georgia manages to settle things with Russia, the republic will develop normally. Alas, nobody is going to do it yet.
Understanding that things are tough, local opposition is waking up. Six parties have already presented their vision of the problem. "We are going to mobilize up to one million persons that will announce support for the coalition", - Zviad Dzidziguri, one of the leaders stated. - We have a very ambitious and reliable plan. We are working on it, and we have made serious headway. We will have to work by a door-to-door principle.
Nino Burdzhanadze, leader of Democratic Movement - United Georgia is active too. She thinks that if the opposition fails to save the country, Georgia will face repetition of events in Libya. "Gaddafi has been fighting against NATO forces for four months already, while Saakashvili could not resist the Russian army for more than one day", - she says. - With these irresponsible, dishonest, inadequate authorities worse things can happen".
GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed whether people of Georgia are on the point of losing patience with Valery Homyakov, the National Strategy Council director general. The expert hopes that the opposition will manage to come to terms. "Basically, they have no other way out", - he says. - It's clear that Shevardnadze, a man of rich experience, knows what he talks about".
According to our interlocutor, a lot of things in the regime now ruling Georgia are pure show-off. "This is showy democracy and the most democratic president in Caucasus - as alleged. But everyone knows his methods to fight the opposition. Showy struggle against corruption and false victory: it is true that the police don't take bribes in streets but the corruption climbed up. Recently I heard a few stories about real state of things in the republic: some people that nose about and intercept, simply "grassed" a man up detaining him and taking him to prison in the end. There is an official figure to get free: if you don't want to be in jail for participating in a street fight, for instance, that you were forced to - pay USD 40 thousand. For Georgia this is a serious amount - for common people not connected with government. Struggle for peace is also a show-off: Saakashvili announces a strange Peace march likely to bring provocations on the border with South Ossetia".
Valery Homyakov believes that common people see all this fakeness. "It is not incidental that Shevardnadze mentioned that. He has been silent for a long time but now it seems the boiling point is near", - the politologist remarked. - Either there will be a social explosion fraught with all logical consequences or the opposition will decide on a unique candidate and will start preparations for the election campaign. Let's see how things will unfold".