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President Sent off Kutaisi with Stones


Shorena Kakabadze, Kutaisi

On December 19, after his visit in Kutaisi, President of Georgia was sent off the city with stones and cursing. Citizens sieged the building of the Kutaisi City Hall, where Mikheil Saakashvili met representatives of local self-government.

“Saakashvili must resign! His time is over! He has not done anything good for the country. So many unemployed and degraded people have never been in Georgia before. People have fed up with it and it is time to put an end to everything. Everything shall finish peacefully,” the locals claimed.

In parallel to noisy and loud statements made in the street, Mikheil Saakashvili was evaluating current events in the country inside the Kutaisi City Hall.

“Before elections I declared that a brigade of destroyers was coming to the authority in the country in the name of Georgian Dream. Many people laughed at my statements then. But it is fact now. These people are oriented at deconstruction but they will finish their governance earlier than they expected. Nobody will replace people’s authority,” said Mikheil Saakashvili.

Then he moved to Kutaisi central office of the National Movement and doubled amount of discontent citizens were waiting for him outside the office. Gathered people demanded meeting with the president. Situation escalated between National Movement and local people after Saakashvili refused to meet them.

The demonstrators attacked MP Akaki Minashvili from the minority; verbal controversy turned into a clash.

Later chairman of the parliament Davit Usupashvili condemned the incident and called upon the law enforcement officers to adequately respond to the fact. “I appeal to the Kutaisi Police Department, law enforcement officers and Minister of Interior to find out what happened in Kutaisi between 4:00 and 5:00 pm and report their findings to the parliament of Georgia. Of course, any person has right to freely express his/her position but when a building or a parliament is blocked, it is too much. I wonder where police was at that moment. Why did not they respond to the incident? I, as a chairman of the parliament, demand to timely provide me, provide the parliament with the information about the incident.” He also requested information whether any politician stood behind this incident.

“The ongoing situation in our country openly demonstrates that it is political revenge,” said MP Goka Gabashvili from the minority and with this statement parliamentary minority jointly quitted the legislative body and moved to a close regime of work.

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