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3 holidays celebrated in Georgia today2010-05-06 11:35
Today, on May 6th, Georgia celebrates St.George's Day [Giorgoba], 6th anniversary of revolution in Ajaria, and Police Day.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Georgian opposition is indignant about the appointment of Police Day in orthodox holiday of Giorgoba and intends to organize a civil manifestation. Georgi Gachechiladze, the well-known Georgian rapper, said he would lie down in Rustaveli Avenue to thwart the police parade.
All the subdivisions of the Interior Ministry will participate in this parade.
According to public opinion surveys, police was most successfully reformed after the Rose Revolution. Opposition sees it as the main basis of Saakashvili regime.
"Police regime rules in our country, hundreds of illegally imprisoned, dozens of political prisoners pine in jails. May 6th is also the day when police made a violent reprisal over peaceful protest action participants. And in this day the government decided to make Police day. It cannot but cause protest with us," said Eka Beselia, the Solidarity with Political Prisoners movement leader.
She said actions will be staged at 10 a.m. [from Varketili metro station to new Interior Ministry building] and on 5 p.m. [from Saakadze Square to Main Internal Affairs Directorate.
Jondi Bagaturia, the leader of pro-opposition Kartuli Dasi, believes the introduction of Police Day to be a provocation, and added the coincidence of the civil and Orthodox holidays is a disrespect for Church. "We hail the introduction of Police Day. Let them celebrate it on May 7th, 8th or 15th, but not on May 6th," the MP said.
Also, today the 6th anniversary of the revolution in Ajaria is marked. On May 6th 2004 Aslan Abashidze, the ex-head of the autonomous republic, had to resign several months after the Rose Revolution.