Mikhail Saakashvili, the opposition intercepted a shipment of arms

On the night of Monday in Georgia began arresting dissidents. Ministry of Internal Affairs arrested the influential members of the party "Democratic Movement for the united Georgia", headed by ex-Speaker of Parliament Nino Burjanadze. The opposition considers that happens attempt to intimidate opponents of the authorities in anticipation of the massive anti-demonstration, scheduled for April 9. The authorities argue that a major provocation, which "could play into the hands of the enemy" - in the first place, and Moscow.
As told "Kommersant" of the party "Democratic Movement for a unified Georgia," the arrests of activists were "massive, and often provocative." According to interlocutors "Kommersant", the police did not shun even fraud. "First, were arrested in Batumi Adjara leader of the Partido Zurab Avaliani and Nugzar Goglichidze. And they are not arrested by local police and special forces, who had arrived from Tbilisi, - said the head of the press center of the Maya Bigvava .- Almost simultaneously began arrests in Tbilisi. All presented charged with illegal possession of weapons. "
Most opposition возмущаются arrest Mr Avaliani, whose power was detained in a sauna, found him in possession of a grenade launcher. "You can imagine that the person is in a bath with his family, took a grenade" fly "? - Sneered in a conversation with" Kommersant ", member of the Roma Party Kusiani .- Another one of our members were arrested in a monastery, where he fasted for before Easter. arrested even personal chauffeur wife Nino Burjanadze Mamuka Shengelia, who also found the weapon. "
Head of the Political Party, Zurab Bigvava in an interview with "Kommersant" described the actions of the authorities "absurd." "Nino Burjanadze, has repeatedly said that our party preclude any law enforcement methods of political struggle. The authorities have arrested the most prominent of our activists - resent ally Mrs. Burjanadze .- In all cases, they allegedly seized weapons, which police itself and mend. That is the repression of to intimidate us in advance of the April protests. "
Mrs. Burjanadze herself at the emergency briefing, told journalists that the Ministry of Internal Affairs is preparing a search of her home and party headquarters. She encouraged not to wonder if the police find her drugs, nuclear or chemical weapons. " At the same time Nino Burjanadze hopes for the intercession of Western diplomats, who, in her words, "very interested respond to the request to support it and condemn what is happening."
Meanwhile, the husband of Mrs. Burjanadze Badri Bitsadze said that his former chief of the head of Ministry of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili, through a third person advised him to leave the country. "I explained that Mikhail Saakashvili persistently calls my arrest and Merabishvili can no longer resist him," - said Mr. Bitsadze.
Badri Bitsadze not randomly decided to make a razoblachitelnymi statements. He has not once was the main hero of the authorities controlled the media coverage. In the past two weeks and up to yesterday's arrests, the authorities loyal press methodically reported that Nino Burjanadze, the party does not preclude the use of force in the overthrow of Mikhail Saakashvili in the forthcoming April mass protests. In broadcasts and articles a message that Badri Bitsadze, who until recently the key positions in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and генпрокуратуре, trying to create some kind of armed groups. According to the media, Mr Bitsadze, last fall had resigned from his post as deputy head of Ministry of Internal Affairs, is preparing a plot, based on personal ties to law enforcement agencies and the long-standing friendship with former fighters of the National Guard of Georgia, play a central role in the overthrow of the first President Zviad Gamsakhurdia in January 1992 year. To help him in this if it should be a former commander of the Guards, ex-Defense Minister Tengiz Kitovani, lives in Moscow.
In the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia partly confirmed this information. "Information on the availability of weapons among some leaders and members of the party Burdjanadze we had a long time. It is carefully checked by operational means. It is now clear that they were preparing a large-scale provocation, which could play into the hands of our enemy whose tanks are just 35 kilometers from Tbilisi, "- said interlocutor" Kommersant "in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The criminal case against the detainees until brought to a relatively gentle article CC "Illegal possession of firearms." However, according to "Kommersant" from sources in law enforcement bodies of Georgia, art may well be re more serious "Establishment of the illegal armed groups" and even "training of the armed rebellion and overthrow the government." In this case the leader will be named is not a conspiracy Nino Burjanadze and her influential husband - Badri Bitsadze. Recall that it was for these items in 2006 were arrested and are still serving long prison sentences dozens of supporters of the former State Security Minister Igor Giorgadze. According to opponents, arrests of activists of Burjanadze-Bitsadze is a prelude to the upcoming protests in April, shares in which the opposition is going to "last and decisive battle of President Saakashvili."
Other opposition parties, who have not yet touched upon the actions of the authorities, supported by Nino Burjanadze. "This is a real terror, which will lead to the opposite effect. We will not be intimidated!" - Told "Kommersant" leader "United Opposition" Levan Gachechiladze. According to the Party of People Koba Davitashvili, "recently Nino Burjanadze has taken a radical position, and the authorities decided to extend to her and her party of the repression, which is already several years puts us and our supporters."
The head of the party "Democratic Movement for United Georgia Nino Burjanadze and really took an uncompromising stand against the current authorities, saying that President Saakashvili," lost the war and passed 20% of Russia originally Georgian territory, should resign as early as April that the country maintained a chance to develop. " It is no secret that in the event of the resignation of Saakashvili is going to run for president and, according to most experts, has an excellent chance to become head of state. "If President Saakashvili, for whatever reason suddenly becomes, it is Nino Burjanadze will be able to replace it, because it immediately switches all power structures, the entire administrative apparatus and the businessmen who control major media, - sure an independent political analyst Nick Imnashvili .- But This factor should be deleted Saakashvili. As long as he in power, these actors are afraid to speak in support of ex-Speaker. "
George Kommersant-Dvali, Tbilisi

24 March 2009 | burdjanadze, georgia, saakashvili

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