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Opposition to celebrate the Day of Independence with a civil parade2009-05-26 11:29
Today Georgia celebrates the day of independence. 91 years ago, on May 26th 1918 the democratic government of Georgia, headed by Noe Jordania, proclaimed the independence of the country. Before that date, starting with 1801, Georgia was a constituent part of the Russian Empire.gt-en-newsitem-inside
This year the usual military parade in Rustaveli Avenue was cancelled because of the continuing anti-presidential rallies.
Opposition and its supporters will gather in the Boris Paychadze National Stadium at the noon, and the civil parade will begin. Yesterday opposition chose two more spots to start the columns of protesters: the administrative building of Georgian Railway and the Public Broadcaster of Georgia.
The opposition demanded from the Public TV to cover the civil parade in the live air, but received an official refusal, and opposition leaders threatened with political actions in response.
The civil parade will begin when people from regions will join those who gathered in the National Stadium. Population from regions was mobilized by several opposition leaders and singer Utsnobi [Georgi Gachechiladze]. Last night the column of protesters came to Mtskheta and was met by opposition member from Tbilisi.
Opposition leaders promise that May 26th will be a "day of great love", and called on all the participants to come in white clothes to highlight the peaceful intentions.
"Our struggle goes on successfully, and we only need to record the results formally. We strive not for power or posts in the government, but for justice. And we will surely win", said Levan Gachechiladze.