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Traffic working of the Georgian railway resumed2009-05-27 10:46
Traffic wirking of the Georgian railway is resumed. According to the railway administration, it trains were allowed to run only when all the stones, put yesterday by opposition supporters, were removed, and railways thoroughly checked.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The railway was blocked yesterday by opposition leaders and supporters from approximately 11.30 p.m. to 1.30 a.m. The picketing action was stopped only when David Gamkrelidze, the New Rights party leader, reported that law enforcement units intended to disperse the rally near the Parliament. Following his appeal, protesters from the railway set off toward the Parliament.
The decision to block the railway was voiced by opposition leaders yesterday evening, after the service in the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
They explained the people were outraged to see the arrival of Georgian government representatives - Gigi Ugulava, the Mayor of Tbilisi; Koba Subeliani, the Minister for Refugee Affairs; Vano Merabishvili, the Interior Minister - in the temple. Singer Georgi Gachechiladze, the initiator of the procession to the cathedral and meeting with Ilia II, said that the authorities just took the Patriarch hostage and made him do the statement he made. In his address to the government, opposition and the people the Patriarch called on everyone to abstain from the confrontation, to listen to each other, and to those who demand the President's resignation, reminded that two Presidents of Georgia were toppled, and everyone knows to what consequences it led.
Disgruntled opposition members and supporters claimed they after that they will restrain the people's will no longer, will demand Saakashvili's resignation in sharper form, and will in the first line block roads. Eka Beselia, the For United Georgia Secretary-General, said that if blocking railway brought no results, airports would be blocked.
Irakli Ezugbaya, the general director of Georgian Railway company promised to publish information about the damage the railway suffered in the result of the opposition action, today.