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Georgian Protesters Demand President's Resignation

Georgian Labor Party leader Shalva NatelashviliGeorgian Labor Party leader Shalva Natelashvili
Georgian Labor Party leader Shalva Natelashvili
Georgian Labor Party leader Shalva Natelashvili
TBILISI -- Hundreds of demonstrators in Tbilisi have demanded the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili, RFE/RL's Georgian and Russian services report.

The protest was organized by the opposition Labor Party led by Shalva Natelashvili. It coincided with the fourth anniversary of the violent dispersal of an opposition demonstration by police.

Natelashvili told the gathering on November 7 that "there is no need to get ready for the parliamentary elections scheduled for next year, because the current regime can be changed only via protest actions."

The demonstrators also protested plans by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili to form an opposition movement.

Labor Party Executive Secretary Paata Jibladze told RFE/RL that it was Ivanishvili who financially supported the police and even paid bonuses to the police special units that dispersed the opposition protest action in Tbilisi four years ago.

Labor Party activists say Ivanishvili has no moral right to call himself an opposition leader.

Press spokesmen for Ivanishvili's Cartu Group have consistently rejected earlier unsubstantiated allegations by the Labor Party of collusion between Ivanishvili and Saakashvili.

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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
November 07, 2011 17:26
Russia is fighting a race war.
Because of Russia Georgian population was almost totally
exterminated in 13 Century A.D. and subsecquently since about
2 Centuries ago, wen Russians repopulated some districts of Tbilisi
and Georgia by Russians, Cossacks, Turkish Armenians and Germans.
Georgians restoring their nation - Russia exterminating it.
Lies covering Russian genetic war against Georgians
in various ethnographic regions, including, but not
limitted to "Abkhazia" and "Osetia" - whole country.
Labour party is also used to spread Russian lies
among less fortunate or more angree, like people
of non-Georgian extraction.
I would wish real labour magority would stand its
real position, not only missguided pro-Russians.
What is their position?
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by: Jack from: US
November 07, 2011 21:55
your desperate barking is a testimony to Russian success
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by: Andrew from: Auckland
November 08, 2011 09:46
Not really Jack.

The Labor party is pretty irrelevant in Georgian politics, and Ivanishvili has publicly stated he will not tolerate street actions in his name. He only wants to come to power through the ballot box, this makes him very popular with Georgians.

He is also pro western, and pro NATO. One of the reasons he is so popular with the Georgian public.

Georgian voters will not vote for parties with pro Russian agendas.

Another epic fail for Russia.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
November 08, 2011 20:07
Desperate is ultimately evil Russia and you, Russian mouth.
Russia inferrior, but stealing ideas from people like me - gross.
The more Russian evil succsessfull, the more desperate it bytes.
I personally have no nation - no nation defends my priority rights.
Like in 1936, if Spain is losf - Stalingrad and Midway will fight.
I will just take USA Citizenship - to defend what is still left,
Unless USA is so fooled - it's their "common gesheft".

by: William B. Shaner from: Winder, GA
November 11, 2011 01:53
Georgia’s opposition Labor Party leader, Shalva Natelashvili, contends that “Effectively, George Soros is the president of Georgia, whereas [President] Saakashvili and [Prime Minister] Zurab Zhvania are his governors. Soros’s foundation nominated nine ministers of the Georgian government, and all of them were appointed. When they accomplish their mission, they will have to hand over the key posts in the government, economic and political levers of power, ports and railways to Soros." see forbes article on this.

by: ALISHA from: London
November 12, 2011 15:04
At least Georgia on the election way. It will not be revolution but election (I hope). Perhaps they should learn from Abkhazia

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