Saakashvili has no regrets about the events of May 26 in Tbilisi
According to the Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, he has no regrets that he had given the order to disperse the protest organized by the "National Assembly" on the night of May 26 this year. As reported by the "GHN", Saakashvili announced such position in the interview to the Ukrainian edition "Segodnia".
Answering a reporter's question if he does has any regrets about his order to disperse the rally, he answered negative. "No! Of course, it sickens me to watch stories on TV about how the government uses force against the people. It is absolutely not in my character! It should be understood that we had no choice. And I believe we acted properly . You see, the group of provocateurs who were financed from abroad (the fact they do not hide!), which has a meager support (less than 1 percent of the electorate), goes to the streets and says that they will not allow to celebrate the 20th anniversary of independence. So what we were to do? Only to use the minimum force" - underlined the President of Georgia.
"By the way, none of the policemen was armed during the dispersal. And thank God it was so. It is unknown how the police could apply it after protesters boarded the cars and knocked down several police officers! I recall that one of those policemen was killed. And others have got to the hospital. Of course, after every such case when the police has to intervene, I thought: if we've exceeded our authority? And even more: we've recorded all of our actions an then studied and investigated. After this we raise the level of police training - we train them. By the way, this time they acted more professionally than in 2007. If the same happens next year (and it probably can happen, look at what is happening in Greece!) they will act more professionally" - Saakashvili said in an interview to Ukrainian journalists.
Recall, the tragic events in Tbilisi took place at the night of May 26 this year, when police dispersed actions of protest of "National Assembly" in the center of Tbilisi with rubber bullets and tear gas. As a result, two people were killed and about 100 people were detained.