Foreign Media about Georgia
Administrative Board Did not Fund the Only Kindergarten in Ninotsminda District
September 28, 2007
You can smell of soup in the building-very familiar to all soviet kindergartens. You can hear children’s noise in the corridor. There are notes on the walls; they seem to be scratched out with nails or some other sharp thing: “It is my kindergarten”, “I love cereal”. There are shoes on the floor. Small wardrobes do not have doors and you can see towels and children’s clothes in them.
“Reconciliation Will Start After Clemency”
September 27, 2007
On September 21, Word Demonstration started in Gurjaani and finished in Zugidi on September 27. The aim of the demonstration was to collect messages to Abkhaz people throughout Georgia. The question “What Would You Tell Abkhaz People Fifteen Years later?” was asked by Human Rights Center (HRIDC) in five regions of Georgia. The demonstration showed that Georgian people have much to tell their Abkhaz brothers and all their messages are almost similar.
Misha Wants and That’s Settled
September 26, 2007
“This question was settled by the President and Minister of Agriculture. You have to give in you plots and should not take part in the auction,” despite similar offer made by Lagodekhi Municipality Governor, farmer Leri Midelauri invited Kakheti Deputy Gubernator to Regional Administrative Board. However, neither Zura Bezhanishvili threatened Midelauri. Consequently, they did not hold the auction on 200 acres of land and now they are trying to launch criminal case against the farmer before the next auction.
Why Village Governors Are Not Appointed and Whose Interests Is Zugdidi Population Sacrificed to?!
September 25, 2007
Thirty villages in Zugdidi District do not have governors yet. The population has been waiting for them for eight months in vain. Villagers get tired in the queues to Zugdidi Archive when they want to get some document they could receive from village governors during previous years. According to the spread information the interest of villagers are sacrificed to the inter-party and governmental debates. Controversy between Aleksandre Kobalia, chairman of the District Municipality and Vakhtang Tskhadaia, Chairman of Administrative Board has not finished yet. Central government prefers to keep silence regarding the situation.
Vintage in Kahketi Is Carried Out Under the Suppression of Special Forces
September 24, 2007
In several days peasants from Gurjaani district will pull out vine trees in protest. Special Force unit will not be able to prevent peasants from doing so, though they have been mobilized in the yard of the Gurjaani District Police Department for ten days already. Masked law enforcers prohibit people to go out in the street and threaten them if not obeyed. Peasants claim that the President Saakashvili ordered curfew in Kakheti Region during vintage. Villagers also mentioned that unless they obey the orders of Special Forces, the law enforcers are ordered to kill rebels immediately.
Akhaltsikhe Population Demands to Remove Petrol Stations from their Town
September 22, 2007
On September 13, petrol station”Saba Ltd” in Abastumani Crossroad in Akhaltsikhe blew up. Five people were in the building during the accident. Four of them, Oleg Tateshvili, owner of the station, his pregnant daughter, little grandchild and employee died. The fifth injured person was taken to the hospital and placed in Reanimation Department. The explosion bred fear in the population. People live in panic and demand to remove petrol stations from the town.
Before They Went to Bed…a Story about Old People
September 20, 2007
It is 2:00 PM. The wind is so strong that unless you are on fire you should not go out in the street. It is time to have dinner. Heavy glass door is opened and closed after every second. You can see grey hair everywhere-on the left, on the right, in front and behind you. Suddenly you also have feeling that you are getting grey. You are bowing your neck, start walking and speaking like an old woman and greet your old years all of by sudden. Everybody knows each other here. It makes no difference for them that in 15 or 20 years they will have lived one century already. In their old age they still can put lipstick on and sit at dinner-table with plastic necklace on.
Chinese Exploiters and Wood in Samgrelo Region That Was Sold for 20 Million Lari
September 19, 2007
On September 15, Georgian workers of the Georgian-Chinese Sawmill in the village of Lia in Tsalenjikha district went on a strike. The reason for their protest was terrible working conditions, short wages, and lack of labor contracts, security measures and health insurance. Former and current workers of the enterprise complain about hard work and they say that Chinese directors of the company were exploiting them. Nearly thirty workers demand to protect their rights.
Amortized Dam and Flooded Queen Tamar’s Sea-Front
September 19, 2007
In Kobuleti, nearly one hundred families residing close to Queen Tamar’s Sea-front demand to carry out seaside protection works. The dam is damaged in several places. During heavy rains the sea floods residential houses nearby. Local government orders owners of hotels and restaurants to repair the dams.
Forests Are Numbered in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region; People Are Afraid to Be Frozen in Winter
September 18, 2007
Samtskhe-Javakheti Region faces serious danger-people might remain without fire wood this year though it is the only source for them to warm their houses in winter. Only Borjomi is supplied with gas in the region.
Special Unit Is Mobilized to Disperse Peasants
September 17, 2007
Petre Tsiskarishvili: “I warn everybody to avoid demonstrations, unless you obey my advice, you will regret!”
Evicted Families Demand Meeting with Investor
September 17, 2007
Five families were evicted from the hostel of the factory for the processing of non-ore materials in Khelvachauri district. District policemen evicted them under threat and after 6:00 PM they did not let people to take their things out from the hostel.
People Might Die on “Erekle’s Bridge”
September 13, 2007
Five villages in the Aspindza Municipality might be isolated from the district centre. Iveria, Orgora, Dzveli, Sakudabeli and Chobareti are those villages which are connected to Aspindza by only one way -“Erekle’s Bridge”. Nowadays, the bridge is in bad conditions and it is dangerous to cross it.
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