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Burjanadze: authorities prepare to use force against the protest action2009-03-31 15:56
The negotiations of the opposition and the government of Georgia can be devoted only to the President's resignation, stated Nino Burjanadze, the opposition Democratic Movement-United Georgia leader in her today's interview to The Kommersant on the threshold of the April 9th protest actions - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Burjanadze, "he [Saakashvili] allowed such things, that nothing else can be spoken about with him".
Answering the question why not to wait for the expiration of the presidential term, she answered: "To wait, using time to strengthen democratic institutions is the ideal variant. But this government did so much evil to my country and allowed such crimes that speaking of any constitutional term is impossible. Early elections are also a normal European way. After the August any normal government would resign.While Saakashvili is in power, there is no guarantee that Georgia will not lose a few more regions before 2013. What happened in August is the tragedy for our people. And our president states:"We lost several regions, and so what?".
Burjanadze disclaimed the rumours of an armed coup d'etat being prepared by the opposition and doubted the official reason of her supporters' arrest for purchase of weapons. "The story of the arrests is very strange", she said. "We saw no footage of weapon purchase, never mind the footage witnessing it was an organized group", the party leader said.
"As a lawyer and the ex-persecutor's spouse I can say I heard of no case in criminalistics, when a man comes to buy weapons and tells the trader what does he need it for. Moreover, if he is preparing a coup d'etat ", Burjanadze speaks.
In her view, the footage shown on TV was shot a year ago and has nothing to with the present-day events.
Speaking of the chance that someone in the crowd will shoot and provoke incontrollable events, the ex-Speaker stated: "This danger exists. But if you are afraid of wolves, you should keep out of the forest. Everything necessary must be done to avoid shooting or any other violence. But nothing can be ruled out, especially with such a government. Everything I see now says me they intend to use force. And they need a cause for it ".