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Movement "For the restoration of justice" has held a mass rally at the Sports Palace in Tbilisi. The participants of the meeting have adopted a special resolution and appealed to the country's parliament with the requirements. Can the organization comprising more than 12 million people claim to become a "third political force?"
"The regime should be put on trial! No cohabitation with Saakashvili's regime." Such are the demands of the protesters that held a rally on Sunday at the Sports Palace in Tbilisi. The organizer of the event is NGO "Former Political Prisoners for Human Rights." Many of the participants were recognized political prisoners by the Parliament in late 2012, and released. Now they demand to punish those who are guilty of their troubles.
"On the 1st of October the people of Georgia voted for the restoration of justice in the country, not for the cooperation of the current government with the former regime. And the restoration of justice in the first place implies punishment of the criminal regime to the fullest extent of the law." This is stated in the resolution of yesterday's meeting. But that's not all. "Restorers of justice" appeal to the Parliament demanding to create a special commission to study the "criminal acts during the reign of the "United National Movement." They are asking to give political, legal and moral evaluation to these actions.
The forum participants note that their movement involves more than 12 thousand people, and they may well claim role of the people's movement for justice.
One of the participants in the meeting at the Sports Palace, a member of the Labor Party of Georgia Kakha Dzagania is even preparing his own bill. According to him, it should contribute to the restoration of justice. As stated by Dzagania in an interview to GeorgiaTimes, he has experienced all the horrors of Saakashvili's regime and knows firsthand the price of justice.
- We fully support the demands sounded at yesterday's action. We believe that all those members of the former regime who abused the people must be punished. I am convinced that such a large-scale meeting will necessarily lead to a particular outcome. I propose to adopt a special law under which all political prisoners and political refugees should receive compensation in the amount of 10 000 GEL, and members of their families - in the amount of 5000 GEL. MPs get salary of 5000 lari, so the people affected by the Saakashvili's regime deserve to get at least monthly salary of a member of parliament.
- How realistic is the establishment of the people's movement?
- It depends on the actions of the authorities and of the cohabitation - this shameful word that the current government offers us under pressure from Western partners. Everyone can see that no one was punished for the criminal actions of the previous regime. This should be a lesson for the next governments, so that no one had the idea to behave like the "National Movement" and Mikheil Saakashvili, who felt almost like a monarch of Georgia.
There's an interesting detail - the resolution contains ultimatum notes against the current authorities. According to representatives of the "For the restoration of justice", the society should not tolerate covert action and double standards that serve to save the UNM. Society continues supporting the current power only if it fulfills the promise given to the people - to restore justice.
"Georgian Dream" has fulfilled its dream - they have entered the parliament," one of the protesters Amiran said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes. "They have become slaves of this cohabitation, although they do not know exactly what the word means. We are protesting today against this."
One of the organizers of yesterday's forum, the leader of the NGO "Former Political Prisoners for Human Rights" Nana Kakabadze says they are talking not only on the criminal prosecution. They are talking about the political and legal assessment of the supreme legislative body. Kakabadse cannot understand what has prevented the parliament from adopting such a document so far, especially since the main promise of Ivanishvili before coming to power was to restore justice.
"We demand the parliament to give a legal assessment of the actions of Saakashvili's regime," Kakabadse said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes. "We have to make sure that the government has the political will to restore justice. There's large amount of evidence of total violation of human rights. Everybody knows what was happening in the prisons before the 1st of October. Another fact was sounded by the Interior Minister who said that after his appointment he found a lot of compromising materials collected by the Georgian security services illegally. If this is true, then what does prevent the parliament from accepting a document on the legal assessment of the Saakashvili'a regime basing on its own decision on the recognition of political prisoners?" Kakabadse said.
Recently in Georgia the people are increasingly talking about the possibility of creating a "third political force." It's yet difficult to say if the movement "For the restoration of justice" may occupy this niche. However, it is known that there are many people who are not happy from both rigid actions of the previous government and too loyal attitude of Ivanishvili's government to Sakashvili and his supporters. Apparently, majority of the population does not understand "magic" word "cohabitation."