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Georgian Deputies Exchange Blows On TV

Davitashvili and Ratiani fighting in the studio.
Davitashvili and Ratiani fighting in the studio.
The antagonism between Georgia's main political parties has become ugly in recent weeks. And now it's just gotten even uglier.

Last week, the parliament, which is controlled by Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition, postponed an address by President Mikheil Saakashvili, the head of the opposition United National Movement (ENM).

The two camps have been at odds after the president's party lost legislative elections to Ivanishvili's coalition in parliamentary polls in October.

The parliament's decision led to fisticuffs between supporters of both political factions outside the National Library in Tbilisi, where Saakashvili was expected to deliver his speech. He later ended up giving the address from his presidential palace.

In Depth: Read Caucasus blogger Liz Fuller's take on the background to the crisis

Almost a week later, on February 13, the violence carried over into a studio at Maestro TV, where two parliamentary deputies were brought in to discuss the scuffles outside the library.

According to, Georgian Dream deputy Koba Davitashvili criticized police "for their failure to prevent the February 8 incident" and put "blame for what had happened outside the National Library on ENM lawmakers, saying that the latter provoked the incident."

His debate foe, Sergo Ratiani from the ENM, hit back:

When MP Ratiani said that Davitashvili, and GD in general, was trying to evade responsibility for what happened on February 8 by shifting the focus of debates on unrelated issues, including on the previous authorities’ alleged misdeeds of the past, MP Davitashvili shouted at him saying that he was almost “killed” by the previous authorities and he would speak about it. Davitashvili was beaten on November 2007 when police forces broke up anti-government protests.

When Ratiani asked him what difference did those past events make today in respect of a specific issue debated now, Davitashvili responded: “What are you talking about? What difference does it make that you were killing me? Next time when you (referring to ENM lawmakers) gather I will come and break your faces and then I’ll go into the jail."

“You behave very badly, you have no arguments and then start shouting,” Ratiani responded.

That set off Davitashvili, who accused Ratiani of being "scum, [a] murderer, and not a man."

In response, Ratiani smashed a glass in front of him on the table, and the two squared up to each other and exchanged a few blows before being dragged away by staff.

Shortly afterward, the broadcast was taken off the air.

-- Luke Allnutt
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Comment Sorting
by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
February 14, 2013 20:26
So,whats so bad about exchanging the few odd blows on live TV-its a million $$$ sport and shame on the minders for breaking up what seemed to be a very interesting georgian intellectual exchange of ideas.It was also nice to see Kobas again playing important role in Georgian politics and all we must do now is to find another Lavrenty Lavrentievich-the from L.A. would be the best choice and last,but not least,why label your opponent a `scum,a murderer and not a man`-there is one simple word to cover all that and many other fine georgian qualities and the word,of course is `Vakhtang-the Armenian`!!!
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by: Jack from: US
February 15, 2013 17:50
the aspiring NATO minion Srakashvilli is the best friend of John McCain. Both are star entertainers in their respective countries.
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by: Mike from: US as well
February 16, 2013 01:58
i would love to meet you in person
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
February 16, 2013 08:15
The aspiring FSB giant Jack from Ce Ce Ce Pe is the best tovarish of Eu genio from Vienna.Both are the star razvedchiks and field agents in their respective kolhoz-sovhozes!!!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
February 15, 2013 22:11
Camel of Anush, the daughter of Czar Hachik, lot of wastage
In his hatchback, two centuries hate, started by Griboedov,
Continued by Russian Empire and new Russia-spyage.
Shame on him, Anush wouldn't approve his spittage,
He takes as "intellectual" spit for Russia by Urartov.

I am a victim of Russia-spyage of Camel's friends,
Russia killing me all life - an unbearable existence.
My mother suffered with me, murdered by a trend,
Blackmailing me, plagiarism dressed recruitment.
If apply to court, "Lavrushas" threaten - I'll be killed.

Fable "Lavrentiy" is Camel and company - like one
That provoked the fight on Georgian TV, "Lavrusha"
From a few, among 150,000 Georgians be gunned
In 1955, that Russian nazis broke to turn "makuha",
Be used with sons, Quislings of Russian hooligans.

I don't think Lavrentiy was remotely evil, like Russia,
But born in the virtually occupied Georgian province
He often got weak, unlike Stalin, acting as "Godoya".
He played passive role talking Russia prevent killing,
As Stalin asked, including some attempts on my life.

But Camel kind "rectified" it, Urartu Armenians killed
Many Georgians in Abkhazia, many children, women
And elderly usually bestially murdered, an ugly green
Of lying Russian "Camel's" hate now placing a claim
On Muhrani, encroaching Hachics to usurp Vahtang!

Out of here spitting Jack! In civilized world it is illegal
Spit publicly places, specially the people and nations.
Isn't it enough the Russians tortured McCain, spyikle?
Hate him for preventing A-bombs massacre in 2008?

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 16, 2013 09:37
The fat guy in the video was stronger, of course, and yet he has nothing to be proud of: his opponent was just too weak. The fat guy should go to the Ukrainian parliament and try out of "argumentative skills" there - against such guys as Vitaly Klitschko :-)).
But generally speaking, the video kind of shows that the confrontation between the two poles of power in Georgia is already getting physical. Let's see how long it will take the Georgians to get where they were when Gamsakhurdia was "ruling" the country. And the only ones they can thank for this state of affairs is Mischa and his bosses from Washington D.C.

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