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Compiled by Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, September 22
Preventive demonstration near Imedi TV

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that the Ratom? (Why?) Youth Movement is planning to actively oppose every “unfair and illegal” decision made by the Government. As part of this new programme it held a demonstration near Imedi TV yesterday, in order to warn it of future, better attended actions

The Ratom? activists stated that the demonstration could be considered the first step in “liberating” Imedi TV. They handed out leaflets to the TV company’s employees headed “we fight for Imedi TV” which outlined six reasons why the company should be returned to its lawful owners and the public. The said that a free Imedi will enable us to receive impartial information, the public has the right to watch objective news, only informed people can create a democratic country, Imedi now serves the Government and not the people and it must be returned to its legal owner because the station was established for the truth.

Ratom? member Davit Patsatsia stated. “Imedi is controlled by... its General Director, Giorgi Arveladze, who runs the company according to the Government’s directives. Journalists are severely restricted. We are planning to hold continual demonstrations in order to release Imedi TV from the authorities’ claws.”

Akhalaia is to leave his post soon

Kviris Palitra reports that Republican Party member Levan Berdzenishvili has said that, “new elections will be held in autumn or winter. Any kind of elections might be arranged, as there is great tension within the Government team and changes are likely to be made.

“It is said that Bacho Akhalaia will leave the Defence Ministry very soon and his replacement will be even less acceptable for society. According to other sources Minister of Justice Adeishvili is likely to share his fate. Saakashvili is trying to hide this but everything is quite obvious, there are some signs in the President’s reports,” Berdzenishvili said.

Berdzenishvili estimates that the number of supporters of the radical opposition parties has significantly reduced. The moderate opposition parties maintained their level of support, but the number of supporters of very moderate opposition parties has now increased. As for individuals, Irakli Alasania has more supporters now, as he is a very moderate political figure, and Shalva Natelashvili also rates quite highly due to the correct tactics he adopted during the street rallies, where he sat peacefully in his office. Asked whether holding negotiations with the Government was the right step for the Alliance for Georgia to take, Berdzenishvili said, “I consider this step right and timely. We might find a way to negotiate with the Government. If this way doesn’t exist, revolution and death are very probable. We should continue with these negotiations in order to compromise the Government more. I hope that other opposition parties will support us in this endeavour.”