2 thoughts on “Georgia, the next Egypt?

  1. Presidential supporters march after protesters flee

    Thursday 26 May 2011

    Supporters of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili staged a triumphalist independence day parade in Tbilisi today – just hours after riot police had violently dispersed an anti-government protest on the same street.

    The protest had hoped to prevent the parade, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the USSR, and called for Mr Saakashvili (pictured) to leave office.

    Riot police attacked the rally with water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets. According to the Interior Ministry two people – a policeman and a protester – were killed, apparently when hit by a car that was fleeing the rally.

    Opposition activists claim Mr Saakashvili’s government is authoritarian and seeks to suppress dissent. His reckless foreign policy which saw war erupt with Russia over South Ossetia in 2008 after Georgian troops attacked the area, is also unpopular.

    But Mr Saakashvili said opposition to him was “organised outside the confines of the country” and “wanted violence and victims.”


  2. Pingback: Georgian regime attacks, injures, ‘disappears’ oppositionists | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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