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Tbilisi despot did not expect "Resistance"

04.10.2011  |  14:56

Tbilisi despot did not expect "Resistance". 22767.jpegIn Georgia, the exclamations about the overthrow of Saakashvili's regime are heard more and more. Now the flagship of political reforms in the country became a newly created "Resistance Movement" which sees success in holding regular social events. We decided to ask the opinion of the Georgian opposition parties - the "New Rights" and "Free Georgia" about new organization and its ideology. Their leaders - Manana Nachkebia and Kakha Kukava - acted as our interlocutors, they assessed


the prospects of "Resistance" and told us about possible collaboration with it.

Presentation of the "Resistance Movement" was held at the end of last year. According to the founders, the new opposition organization differs from the existing by the fact that it doesn't involve politicians and, therefore, it is not political. The Declaration of the movement says that in Georgia an authoritarian and criminal regime was established which "deliberately fights against the national interests of the country and doesn't let the people to express their will".

One of the founders - the journalist Irma Inashvili - stressed that time that the new movement has no alternative in the spectrum of the Georgian non-governmental organizations. "We'll offer the public improvisational methods of dealing with the Saakashvili regime" - "Caucasian Knot" quoted her words. For his part, former member of the "National Assembly" Soso Mandzhavidze, who is also the founder of the "Resistance Movement", has promised that there will be established centers of resistance throughout Georgia, mobile teams will start their work and hot line for collection information from residents will be opened. "We believe that civil society itself should achive changes in the country, - he concluded. - The political process of peaceful nature can lead to the qualitative transformation of the public". Mandzhavidze added that organization's activists will be protected politically and legally.

Many at first did not understand what was going on. But the step which the founders of "Resistance Movement" decided to make was very competent. In February it became known that the organization has sent a list of 150 its activists to Brussels. This measure to some extent ensured the protection of members of the movement from illegal persecution by the authorities of Georgia which are so fond of throwing everyone into the prison. "If the regime starts illegal persecution of our activists the appropriate reaction will follow from the European institutions" - explained Irma Inashvili.

After ensuring relative safety of its activists, "Resistance Movement" began openly criticizing Saakashvili and his team. The organization issued a legislative initiative to hold a large-scale amnesty in Georgia. The fact is that every year the country is increasing the number of political prisoners who somehow do not please the president Mikhail Saakashvili. And among them there is often people well-known in the country, such as soccer player George Demetradze and son of the first Georgian President Gamsakhurdia Tsotne. "In the past seven years, the authorities are deliberately terrorizing its own population and today the situation reached a climax. The regime provides pressure on the opposition-minded citizens and provides racket by "procedural agreements" - members of the movement noted in their statement, reminding the public that the number of inmates has grown almost six-fold after "Rose Revolution".

And not waiting on Saakashvili's response on their appeals, the organization started active actions. From mid-March, a series of speeches in support of political prisoners began. Large-scale demonstrations, which brought together more than a thousand people, were held in the center of the Georgian capital. During one of them, the head of "Resistance" David Tarhan-Mouravi stressed that in the country there has not remained a single family whose relative or close friend would not be in jail. "Some of them had already served in jail or are still in jail and the others were conditionally sentenced or conditionally released. 10 percent of the population has passed through the judicial and penal system" - he said.

Gradually, the action after action, "Resistance" stirs up the Georgian society. But, as we all know, Mikhail Saakashvili is afraid of such processes. And this is the result - the detention of several members of organization's protest action. And that was despite the fact that it was sanctioned. Nevertheless, the movement continues to struggle.


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