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Georgia: Election fever at the highest degree

27.09.2012  |  21:34

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The election campaign in Georgia has appeared rather nervous. Both supporters of the opposition and supporters of the National Movement are tense. Acts of torture and rape of prisoners in prisons resulted in the fact that the "nationals" have lost a large part of their supporters. Georgian students are holding rallies.


Every day, at 3 pm, students from different institutions gather in the center of the city and carry out the actions, demanding the government's responsibility in connection with the published footage of tortures of political prisoners. These actions are peaceful. The government's response does not satisfy the people.

"In response to public demand, Saakashvili has removed only a pawn from the post - minister Kalmakhelidze; and Akhalaia, who is the head of all this sadism, which has already become a universal rule in prison, is still at large. Saakashvili will not dare to arrest him. They say Akhalaia has lots of dirt on Saakashvili and I believe this; but otherwise, why does the global adventurer Saakashvili not arrest the sadist of global significance - Akhalaia", tells us Otar Gurgenidze, a teacher who also spends time at the youth protests.

In different cities of Georgia, as well as in Tbilisi, there are being protests to demand the punishment of all the members of the government. Protests near the university building, Philharmonic Concert Hall, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defense have daily character, since the young people believe that all these ministers are guilty of the current situation in the country.

"We will not stop, we will be put forward our demands after the election. They all must be punished. They have led Georgia to the brink of destruction", said one of the young people at the rally.

With a nervous look Saakashvili is visiting those cities where Bidzina Ivanishvili has already visited, and repeats his words. As for the audience, as a rule it consists of pupils and intimidated people.

"The next day Saakashvili came to Kakheti and repeated what Bidzina Ivanishvili had said earlier. Someone was driven there by force; they drove there pupils and students", a resident of Kakheti Sergo Makharashvili told us.

90% of physicians have expressed distrust of Saakashvili. And the teachers, once his supporters, now are on the opposite side: "People are very nervous. There are lots of patients. Society in distressed", Dr. Zaza Kvaratskhelia says.

At the same time, supporters of the opposing forces are preparing for the vote.

Khatuna Svanidze is a coach of the monitoring group of the "Georgian Dream" at the election. She is preparing the people for any eventuality. "For a long time we will provide training for members of the committee, representatives and observer. We have familiarized them with many opportunities to disrupt the electoral process; we explain them how to write a law suit in such cases, without breaking the law".

The election will be held very soon, but the government is continuing to implement its original tactics - pressure against the opposition activists. Every day law enforcement officers detain young people and activists of the opposition, thus trying to drown out the youth protest wave. Although, in fact the result is the opposite.

"They say the have destroyed thieves in the country; but they have become even biggest criminals", says a citizen at the rally.

"One of the most famous thieves, Tariel Oniani, is in prison abroad. His cousin is the majoritarian candidate from the "nationals" in Mestia. The candidate Kvitsiani - this is the link between Saakashvili and Tariel Oniani", says Sozar Subari, Secretary General of the coalition "Georgian Dream", in response to the accusations of the authorities which are spreading information on links opposition to the criminal world.

Tinatin Khidasheli, leader of the "Georgian Dream", agree with him: "And all the criminals, Saakashvili has allegedly arrested, take part in the election campaign. There are lots of such facts. Several of them are running for in majoritarian districts", says Khidasheli.

The situation in Georgia has reached the limit a few days before the elections. Recent scandals, as well as approximately equal chances of the opponents, create a field of incredible tension. More and more ordinary people are afraid that election won't end peacefully.


Nato Velia


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