La Croix: the Georgian opposition is seeking to dislodge the government

La Croix: грузинская оппозиция стремится сместить правительство

The protests in Georgia are gaining momentum. Thousands of people came out November 25 on the streets of Tbilisi, demanding the resignation of the government. Then the protesters moved toward Parliament, which they intend to block, to force the authorities to hold early elections. Among the demonstrators were representatives of almost all opposition parties, which demonstrated one of the rare moments of unity.Since June, the country shaken by social movements, which are mixed to Express opposition to the rapprochement with Russia, the role of oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili (he could easily change Prime Ministers, not having any official position), large-scale corruption and stagnation in the economy. After seven years in power the party of Ivanishvili “Georgian dream” has become a symbol of discontent, which are thinking more and more about emigrating.In mid-November, the refusal of the ruling majority from the introduction of a proportional system gave a new impetus to the protests. November 17, on the streets of the capital 20, 000 people, which is very essential for the standards of this small Caucasian country. In the crowd many of the young demonstrators from the associative environment which is quite hostile to traditional parties, has agreed to join the opposition activists.The youth in the forefront“We see the indignation of youth, which is combined into groups such as “Shame”, “Resolve”, “Change”, — says hardened demonstrate Lika Asanidze, who participated in the March of independence in 1989 — People are tired of authoritarianism government, which takes the example of Russia. If refusal to accept electoral reforms, we will not have hope for the future”.The authorities have promised to introduce a proportional system in the parliamentary elections of 2020, to calm the June protests, which were triggered by the visit of the Russian Deputy. The appearance of a representative Duma in the country, which still bears the imprint of the Russian-Georgian war of 2008 resulted in violent clashes between demonstrators and police near the Parliament building.The disappointment of the Europeans, five months after the incident a promise to reform the electoral system was buried by “rebels” from the majority who voted against the project contrary to the instructions of Bidzina Ivanishvili (the first case of its kind). The opposition took offense. Diplomats of the European countries also paid a visit Bidzina Ivanishvili to Express his regret and surprise, which were announced in an official statement.At the same time omnipresent and distant billionaire, whose huge Villa hangs over the capital, have lost over the years much of its credibility because connected with its party scandals. “All against one” — shouting protesters on the streets of Tbilisi. However, when the removal of the capital the discontent manifests itself except in the pickets, which make it difficult to travel in some localities.”Ivanishvili has long played on the fear of the return of Saakashvili to win the votes of the undecided, but now this tool is no longer working — says former Minister of European integration thornike Gordadze. — The majority of Georgians now reject oligarch, even if the protest movement has not yet been released to the masses.”

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