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Opposition gets ready for force scenario by authorities20.03.2009 | 15:30
Saakashvili's regime seeks almighty Kremlin's trace inside the country. "Information" on collaboration of a number of oppositionists with Russian special services is being reverified as Givi Targamadze, chairman of the parliamentary committee for defense and security reports. The opposition confirms being ready for the use of force by the authorities in order to suppress open-ended protest actions scheduled for April.
Once again official Tbilisi takes out an Anti-Russian card from under its sleeve as a cardsharper. Again like in 2007 when the riot police dispersed the protestors and criminal cases on espionage against opposition leaders were initiated, Georgian authorities are searching for "Kremlin's agents". How will they otherwise account for the radical intentions of their political opponents?
At first Mikheil Nikolaevich told about financial flows from Russia for the support of the opposition. Then the old "song about the main things" was taken up by the parliamentary opposition. It seems Tbilisi is determined to bring rumors, speculations and unfounded accusations to a legal level. An official investigation of what the opposition is doing was begun with the adherence to the best traditions of recent past. Givi Targamadze, the chairman of parliamentary committee for defense and security, told the Georgian media that reverification of information on collaboration of a number of oppositionists with the Russian special services had been initiated.
However this time things were not limited to the "Kremlin's trace". According to Targamadze "sponsors may be represented by official Russia and people who left Georgia for Russia or who work there". He also considers it possible that Boris Berezovsky may be among the sponsors. According to the parliamentarian though import of arms to Georgia is under strict control it is not excluded that the arms are stored in the houses. "It is not a problem to find arms for a provocation", - Targamadze stated adding that in order to prevent such a provocation the authorities would take all possible measures. He also eliminated a possibility of total arming of people.
The topic of arms is not incidental. Georgian media reported with reference to unnamed sources that the authorities were getting ready for a violent dispersion of opposition protest actions scheduled for April. Also there were rumors that ex chief of Frontier Service and husband of eminent oppositionist Nino Burdzhanadze - Badri Bitsadze - is working on creation of armed units.
Pirveli agency reported that "in Ukraine Bitsadze is negotiating not only with political forces associated with Russia but with the so-called mafia bosses living in Ukraine". Georgian media also repeatedly informed on formation of a special group comprising ex comrades-in-arms of ex Defense Minister Tengiz Kitovani.
"Democratic Movement - United Georgia" party press service disproved all these speculations. Nino Burdzhanadze, the party leader, told "Novy Izvestia" that if Saakashvili applied force during April protests it would be the end of him. She noted: "I think April events will bring us to Saakashvili's resignation and early presidential and parliamentary elections". She also expressed hope that "things would develop within the frames of the constitution".
"Alliance for Georgia" has a similar position. Mamuka Katsitadze, the chairman, stated that if the president did not agree to step down, the alliance would call for total rebellion, as GHN IA reports. Meanwhile the oppositionists are ready to offer adequate response to the authorities. "Georgian opposition is ready for a force scenario", - RIA Novosti is quoting Eka Beselia, Secretary General of "Movement for United Georgia". It will be remembered the movement leader is ex Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili having a reputation of a political "hawk".
Eka Beselia emphasized: "Our unity and people's support will make Saakashvili resign, knock his stubbornness out and force him to step down. Now it is up to the authorities to decide. If they apply force against peaceful protestors we will not run home, we will oppose with bare hands". Will the opposition who ventured to take political issues to the streets manage not to break the promises they gave and remain within the law? Are there forces able to guarantee constitutional law and order? Alas, the situation is opposite. Already now, a long time before "X-hour" the authorities and the opposition started to test each other for endurance and openly threaten to apply force.
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