The rally in Tbilisi: Opposition calls for early elections

At the center of Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue in front of the Parliament of Georgia today runs an action organized by the opposition unparliamentary. Basic requirements - holding early presidential and parliamentary elections in spring 2009., Release all those they consider political prisoners and the return of “Imedi” family of the late Georgian businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili.
   The action of opposition dedicated to the first anniversary disperse the rally on 7 November 2007. On that day at the Rustaveli Avenue there were massive opposition supporters clash with police and special forces.
   Participants in protests demanding the resignation of the president. In the dispersal of opposition shares used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets. According to the Ministry of Health of Georgia, as a result of clashes then hit about 600 people. On charges of disturbing public order, hooliganism and resisting law enforcement officers had been detained 30 participants.
   Participants of today’s action the opposition paid tribute to those killed during the military events in August 2008. “With this action in the country begins a new wave of protest and will continue until not met all our requirements. We turn to the comprehensive plan of action - not just a street, but also work with international organizations.
   In addition, we will hold meetings with residents of different regions of the country, during which he will explain the real situation in the country, “- told reporters one of the organizers of the action, the leader of the Conservative Party Zviad Dzidziguri. According to him, there must be a change of government because “They do not respect justice and democracy, and the country’s reputation tainted in the eyes of international public opinion.”
   After the rally, organized in front of parliament, the opposition parties to the action intend to go to the residence of Georgian President Saakashvili and send a letter with their demands. In the letter, the opposition has set specific timetables for the implementation of their demands, including release of political prisoners and the return of the TV family Patarkatsishvili be held until November 23, 2008. Otherwise, the opposition intends to begin permanent vigil TV Imedi. ”
   In addition, in mid-December, the Georgian opposition intends to create a single political organization to ensure free and fair elections in the country. If snap elections will not be appointed until April 9, 2009. In Tbilisi and in all regions of the Georgian opposition supporters will begin a sit indefinite protests and a general disobedience. The action will be finalized only after the resignation of Saakashvili and his government.
   Commenting on today’s share of opposition, the Parliament of Georgia David Bakradze expressed the hope that the opposition will show its political responsibility and action will take place without eksessov and unconstitutional actions. According to him, the events of 7 November 2007. become rigid and an important lesson - you need a continuous dialogue and unified communications. “I hope that all political forces, which we do not like or with which we have different positions, show the basic political responsibility for the future of the country, respectively processes will take place exclusively in the political line” - D. Bakradze said.

7 November 2008 | georgia, georgian opposition, imedi, saakashvili

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