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Georgian opposition and community resumed the protest action2009-04-13 17:12
Today, as it was planned, the Georgian opposition and community resumed the protest action in front of the Parliament.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Irakli Melashvili, one of the National Forum party leaders, opened the rally, thanked everyone for support and underlined that the people showed surprising unity the authorities are afraid of.
He said people from many regions go to Tbilisi, though there are messages they are stopped on the way and not allowed any further. Such an incident occurred in Kakheti, but everything is already settled, and everyone willing to participate in the rally continued their way.
According to Melashvili, at 4 p.m., near the Parliament an urgent statement will be made and broadcast live in the First channel of the PTV. "I would like to address the government: if keeps turning a deaf ear to the protesters, it will win nothing. We will not get tired, we will not mitigate our struggle and will fight it until Saakashvili resigns. Our actions will be put in place not only there, but across the entire Georgia, and this fight will end with our victory. Saakashvili will have to go", Melashvili claimed.
The second to make a speech was Levan Gachechildze, the United Opposition leader, who said that Saakashvili will go very soon as he is not prescribed in the future of Georgia.
Gachechiladze addressed the protesters and urged them to be vigilant, as policemen, Saakashvili's government propagandists and parliamentary majority MPs may be in the crowd. "You know them by sight, if you see them, try to persuade them to change their mind and dissociate themselves from Saakashvili's team. Otherwise, they will be claimed outlaw politicians", Gachechiladze.
He also commented upon the information, spread by Georgian TV channels, concerning the number of participants. "I would like to turn to journalists and call for them to stop cheating the whole world telling that several dozens of people gathered in Rustaveli Avenue. Soon the Georgian people will run out of patience and will start pressure on Rustavi 2 and other TV companies to make them speak the truth. The whole Georgia is standing here. Soon our struggle will be crowned with victory, and then the whole world will be astonished; how did we manage it if there was only 2-3 of us", Gachechiladze stated.