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Political clashes in Georgian villages

by | Nov 28, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch — There were clashes between supporters of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and President Mikheil Saakaashvili in two Georgian villages on Tuesday.

Locals in Martvili, a small town in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region in the west, demanded the governor’s resignation.

Tens of people were gathered at the local government building demanding to launch a criminal investigation against Zaal Gorozia, Chair of Martvili Council, and His Brother Zaza Gorozia, Governor of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti.

They are being accused of illegally selling lands in Martvili.

The protesters even tried to brake into the building, but were pushed back.

People became upset when representatives of the National Movement party appeared at the rally. They weren’t let into the building. As a symbol of protest people threw broomsticks at them, which has become an informal symbol of the recent prison abuse scandal.

The National Movement party considers this a provocation, but people outside the local government building do not plan to go home until their demand is met.

The locals in Martvili were joined by activists for the Georgian Dream coalition.

There was verbal confrontation several times on Tuesday, with police intervening, but no one was detained.

Meanwhile, the population of Dusheti, a town in Mtskheta Mtianeti region, protest the appointment of the new local police chief, Zaza Kakachia, who they claim is verbally and physically abusing them and illegally fining people. Some were fined for being drunk, but in an interview with Rustavi 2, Zaza Kakachia denies the accusations.

It came as far as to a physical confrontation with Georgian Dream activists.



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