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Protest action in front of the Georgian parliament began2008-11-07 16:52
The protest action in front of the Georgian parliament began at 2 p.m. sharp. It gathered so many people that the decision to block off Rustaveli Avenue for vehicles was made. Police and special mission units monitor the surroundings of the Parliament building, several emergency brigades watch Rustaveli Avenue.gt-en-newsitem-inside
People are still coming; all the territory in front of the Parliament is already crowded. The participants hold banners "STOP MISHA". Recently there have appeared posters of Barack Obama, the new US President, with a line «America we believe in».
The mistrust to the past White House administration was the leading idea of the opposition leaders' speeches. They stated that Bush's rule, including Matthew Brise and the present-day US ambassador in Georgia, Tefft, were the friends of Saakashvili's government, but not friends of Georgia, and they are to blame for the events occurred in Georgia the recent years.
«This government discredited itself. It must go. Sooner or later, but it will happen. Today it's hard to say whether it will happen in spring or in December, but Saakashvili will go», - appealed to the manifestants Georgy Khaindrava, one of the leaders of the united opposition, the ex- State Minister for Conflict Resolution.
According to him, in recent months much has been said about protest decrease, but today's action proves the contrary.
Levan Gachechiladze, another united opposition leader, said that opposition starts permanent actions to change the present-day government peacefully. The flood of protest will continue up to spring, when, as opposition is sure, the new election will start.
«Our country faces serious threats. It was deprived of its primordial territories, young soldiers perished in a pointless war. It's high time to stop cheating people with propaganda, it's high time to change lawlessness for normal lawful life», - stated another opposition member, Koka Guntsadze, on the rally.
On the same rally Kakha Kukava, the leader of the Conservative Party, said the Public TV of Georgia promised to start live broadcast of the rally soon. This message caused rejoicing and applause. The protest action goes on. Opposition leaders make speeches, ever more people come to Rustaveli Avenue.
After the rally the opposition is going to organize the train to Saakashvili's residence and hand him their demands.
Opposition demands to call parliamentary and presidential elections on spring 2009, discharge of political prisoners, freedom of mass media and speech and return of the Imedy to its legal owner.