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Georgia: spreading democracy… to Georgia


 

I’m on a train from wi-fi hell so I can’t fill this posts with all the links to today’s news accounts that I’d like, but suffice it to say that the occasional mass protest against Mikheil Saakashvili is underway in Tbilisi, Georgia. When I was in Tbilisi to cover the last presidential election, shortly after the last round of mass protests, at the end of 2007, the Saakashvili regime sent Nino Burjanadze, the Parliamentary speaker and acting interim president, to talk to me and defend Saakashvili. This time she’ll be one of the protest ringleaders. This is the story of Saakashvili’s term in power: he is good at losing friends. Here’s an interview with Burjanadze (I’m quite sure, indeed have read elsewhere, that her supporters have been beaten, not “bitten;” you run into that sort of problem when an Armenian interviews a Georgian).


 

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