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Tens Of Thousands Turn Out For Opposition Rally In Tbilisi

News agencies estimate that up to 200,000 people turned out for an opposition rally in Tbilisi on September 29.
News agencies estimate that up to 200,000 people turned out for an opposition rally in Tbilisi on September 29.
By RFE/RL
Tens of thousands of opposition supporters have rallied in Georgia's capital in a show of strength two days before parliamentary elections.

Addressing crowds in Tbilisi’s central Freedom Square on September 29, opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili said the current government had only hours left in power before it was voted out in the October 1 vote.

"This regime cannot be called a ruling force and the people have already delivered a verdict," he said. "We will just make it formal on October 1 and let it come into force."

Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream coalition is up against President Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement, which now holds nearly 80 percent of the seats in parliament.

Most observers see the race too close to call.

Ivanishvili told his supporters that the current government has "led the country to a dead-end."

He promised a return to law and order should his party win, saying "Saakashvili's system based on lawlessness and torture should be destroyed."

Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who made his fortune in Russia, also countered Saakashvili's contention that he will take Georgia back under Russian domination.

"The U.S. and NATO members are our strategic allies," Ivanishvili said. "Our country will become a worthy member of the European community."

German news agency dpa and Russian news agency ITAR-TASS estimated the crowd for the pro-Ivanishvili rally was up to 200,000 people.

The ruling United National Movement staged its own mass demonstration in Tbilisi on September 28.

Addressing his supporters in several towns in western Georgia on September 29, Saakashvili said the country would conduct "exemplary elections."

Saakashvili, whose second and last term ends next year, rose to power in 2004 after a bloodless revolution that toppled Eduard Shevardnadze, a former Soviet foreign minister.

Opponents have since accused Saakashvili of monopolizing power and criticized him for leading Georgia into a disastrous five-day war with Russia in 2008.

The October 1 elections usher in a new political system that will give greater powers to the parliament and prime minister.

The run-up to the vote has been marred by mass protests last week against police brutality in prisons.

Some senior officials, including the interior minister, have resigned and a number of prison officials have been detained after images of prison guards beating and raping inmates were made public. 
 
Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and ITAR-TASS
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by: Anonymous
September 30, 2012 02:13
"Saakashvili will be the next Timoshenko .

If he loses elections I think go away from gruzia
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
September 30, 2012 12:41
No.Anon.,he`d rather be the next Zviad Ghamsakhurdia.What the georgians badly need is a new Koba,but all they have is a Vakhtang!!!
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
October 01, 2012 12:56
Hi camel !!
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It seems to me that you could not sleep because of the name Vakhtang..
You're right camel..from Iranian (roughly) Vakhtang translated -as strong as a lion..
If you agree I'm ready to graze camels in Kurdistan and help them not to starve...

And one more advice:

Do not go to Georgia with your stupidity,there are a lot of fools without you...
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by: peter from: ottawa, canada
October 01, 2012 15:59
camel, can you please show me on a map where the country of Kurdistan is located, The UN has just recognised the basket case of a country called South Sudan, the new country has an army, border guards, a foreign minister, a PM and gvt officials, seems to me Kurdistan has been waiting 500 years to be recognised as a country and it looks like it will be another 500 years, where is kurdistan again ?
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 01, 2012 18:28
Dearest Peter,some people say theres more than meets the eye,so you`ll never see`Kurdistan`on the maps you crave for.The kurds however didnt colonize half a continent thru mass murder shedding rivers of blood and waiting for a bunch of UN bureaucrats to `recognize` them.There are some things materialist minded folk like you can never never understand.The kurds had a state more than 500 years ago and now they have one in Iraq,thanx to the idealist-minded shamericans,worried about their petrol deliveries.Soon,they will have one in Turkey,too,when the american concubine of the wild turkeys shall have to be divided Iraq-wise.And dear Vakhtang,if you go to graze camels I`m sure they will all run away to Abkhazia or Ossetia ,otherwise the`d starve to death under your wise management of their herd.I cannot sleep because I dream of a colour photograph of you to hang on me wall.I know you are stong as a herd of georgian lions and as wise as 3 Data Tutashkhias,thats why you cant stand the stupidity of your compatriots - its OK in Russia where there are only wise men,so keep up the good work there!!!
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by: Andrew from: Auckland
October 02, 2012 08:17
Actually Camel, the Kurds are a conglomerate of the Medians (Medes) Lullubi, Guti, Cyrtians, and Carduchi.They have also absorbed some elements from Semitic, Turkic and Armenian cultures. They first became recognized as a people in the Medieval period.

The Medes in particular built a very bloody empire.

Guess you need to check up on your own history there Camel

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
October 01, 2012 08:45
It's interesting to look at the fate of all those orange guys who were installed by George W and Condoleezza in the previous decade:
UKRAINE: Julia is in prison, Yushchenko is cultivating honey-bees on his hacienda in the province.
SERBIA: Djindjic is not with us any longer, whereas Tadic and his friends have been kicked out of govt earlier this year and are right now fighting with each other for the "leadership" of the opposition.
ROMANIA: Basescu is still managing to somehow cling on to power, but - judging by the fact that some 80 per cent of the people who took part in the recent referendum on his performance voted against him - his days are counted.
GEOGRIA: today's vote will show whether the people there are not tired of forever being associated to the nation of eternal bankrupt losers - the nation of ignorant Beavuses and Buttheads.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 01, 2012 10:57
Yes,Eu genio.you are 1000% right,so the moral of the story is:forget about them bloody americans and go back to Mother Russia,fathered by Eu genio and Jack eshuzavak.Good old molodets Putanin will solve all yer problems and then some !!!
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by: peter from: ottawa, canada
October 01, 2012 15:53
euginio, lets take a moment and look at the little dictator s circle of friends, Chavez- cancer ward, Castro on life support, Saddam dead, Kadafy dead, Assad soon to be deceased, by peaceful Sunni Wahabists, you can find Assad hiding under his wifes dress, Ahmeddinijad the mongrel will soon be put back in his cage and the list goes on and on and on. Dictators always die a slow death.

by: Mamuka
October 01, 2012 11:10
In previous elections, Opposition did best in Tbilisi. And even in Tbilisi UNM won over 60% of the vote. If Bidzina's coalition gets less than 10-12% nationwide, it is fraud. If they get 25-30%, it is another victory for UNM. But if the opposition can get 35% or more it is a big victory for them and for democracy in Georgia.

But remember, 35% of the vote does not mean 35% of seats in Parliament. Don't ask why...

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