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Georgian Activists Rally To Support Opposition Tycoon

Rally To Support Georgian Opposition Tycooni
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May 27, 2012
Tens of thousands of Georgians rallied on May 27 in support of billionaire tycoon turned opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream opposition alliance. Ivanishvili's supporters gathered in Tbilisi's Freedom Square for the rally, which was intended as a show of strength ahead of October's polls. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

WATCH: Georgians rally to support opposition tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili (in Georgian)

Tens of thousands of Georgians rallied on May 27 in support of billionaire tycoon turned opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream opposition alliance.

Ivanishvili's supporters gathered in Tbilisi's Freedom Square for the rally, which was intended as a show of strength ahead of October's polls.

Former parliamentary speaker and government opponent Nino Burjanadze was among those participating in the rally.

Opposition leaders have accused Saakashvili of authoritarian tendencies, while others fear he may attempt to become prime minister in 2013 when his two permitted terms as president come to an end.

Police declined to estimate how many people took part in the rally. Some say it was the biggest rally since 2009.

Opinion polls suggest the alliance trails behind the governing party.

Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and Interfax
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by: Mamuka
May 27, 2012 16:43
Oh no... Nino Burjanadze has once again crawled out from under her rock.

by: Mirian Jugheli from: Tbilisi, Georgia
May 27, 2012 18:23
It seems like a training I gave to the RFE/RL Tbilisi staff has its first result: A journalist covers it live using Bambuser. Good job!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 28, 2012 05:35
Had something like this happened in Moscow, this would have been the "beginning of the end of the bloody Putin's regime" - accompanied by numerous RFE/RL articles on this broad theme and extensive interviews with participants :-)).
Here you will find a few more photo related to the action: http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/demonstration-gegen-georgiens-praesident-saakaschwili-in-tiflis-a-835537.html

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