Georgians Announce “National Disobedience Campaign” Until President Steps Down
If Saakashvili tries to dissolve the opposition by force, that will be the end of his political career. He will do his best to avoid this, said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine (3:53):
Saakashvili’s government: semi-democratic regime
Fraudulent elections, human rights violations, the economic downturn and presidents political will at the core – this is how Georgian human rights activist, Sozar Subari, describes the situation in his country to RT (9:51):
Georgias government of Mikhail Saakashvili has not met the democratic promise of the Rose Revolution, but this does not make this regime a dictatorship (3:56):
Countdown for Saakashvili begins
Georgias opposition are taking to the streets of the capital Tbilisi for the second day of a mass anti-government protest. Tens of thousands of people have come out to demand President Saakashvili step down (1:58):
President is ready for dialogue with the opposition who says it’s too late. Roland Oliphant political analyst comments on the situation in Georgia (3:31):
“National disobedience campaign”
Georgia’s opposition has announced a “national disobedience campaign”, warning it will block major roads.
About 20,000 opponents of President Mikhail Saakashvili have gathered outside Georgia’s parliament.
One of their leaders, Kakha Kukava, said that “as of 6pm today (1400 GMT) the protesters will block main streets throughout Tbilisi”, the capital.
Earlier, Mr Saakashvili rejected their call for him to quit, but said he was ready for a dialogue with them.
Opposition parties say his main error was to lead the country into war with Russia last year and plunge Georgians into what they call a crisis.
But he hit back on Friday, vowing to stay in office until his term ends in 2013. >>>