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Mass media: Saakashvili wanted to draw tanks in the streets to support Imedi video2010-03-22 14:06
Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, for greater persuasiveness of the provocative video of Imedi on "Russian invasion" intended to draw tanks in the streets of Tbilisi, the VZGLYAD reports, citing to Kviris Palitra [Georgian weekly].gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the media, "American consultants advised him not to do it."
Commenting the news, Nino Burjanadze, the Democratic Movement-United Georgia leader, said she wasn't surprised, proceeding from "psychological condition of Saakashvili." "Saakashvili will start a war again, and it'll destroy the country," she noted.
Previously Irma Inashvili, the Objektiv journalists' union mentioned the video was prepared by Mikheil Saakashvili and his American PR specialists. She cited to sources in high circles.
It was report on alleged invasion of Russian troops and death of President Saakashvili. It stirred a panic all around Georgia. Yet it turned out to be an "innocent" attempt to "show" the scenario of possible events in case the "Georgian society won't be consolidated against the Russian plan." On the order of President Mikheil Saakashvili, his press secretary Manjgaladze arrived in the studio and calmed down the people, saying such a turn of events can't happen in Georgia at the present-day stage.
The Imedi channel apologized to the audience for the clip's being an "imitation" and its stirring the society.
Opposition is sure the fake clip was agreed with the head of state and was a "brainwashing" for the audience.
Saakashvili denied own participation in preparation of the report.