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Georgia Declares A State Of Emergency

From those champions of the rule of law at Al Jazeera:


Georgia declares state of emergency

Georgia’s president has declared a state of emergency in the capital Tbilisi, in the wake of opposition protests against his rule.

Mikhail Saakashvili on Wednesday requested parliamentary approval for the imposition of emergency powers, hours after demonstrators were dispersed from outside the parliament in the capital by riot police officers.

“The president has declared a state of emergency in Tbilisi and this decision will be submitted to parliament within 48 hours,” Zurab Nogaideli, Georgia’s prime minister, said on television.

There was an attempt at a coup and creating disorder,” he said.

In a televised address to the nation, Saakashvili had earlier accused Russia’s special services of fomenting civil unrest in his country.

Georgia is facing a very serious threat of unrest… High-ranking officials in Russian special services are behind this,” he said.

Saakashvili said he had evidence for his claim.

“Georgia’s foreign ministry today declared several Russian embassy employees persona non grata,” he said, also announcing that they were accused of “espionage activity”.

Shortly after Saakashvili’s statement, the main opposition television station Imedi, which had broadcast coverage of the protests, said it had been stormed by Georgian special forces, before going off the air.

Earlier in the day, riot police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters who had massed outside the parliament…

The protests, in their sixth day, mark the biggest challenge to Saakashvili since his landslide election after the Rose Revolution four years ago.

The protesters initially called for changes in the dates of planned elections and in the electoral system, but later made Saakashvili’s resignation their central demand

Amid the continuing unrest, Georgia recalled its ambassador to Russia.

“Georgia’s ambassador to Russia, Irakly Chubinishvili, has been recalled to Tbilisi for consultations,” Nino Kajaia, a spokeswoman for Georgia’s foreign ministry, said on Wednesday.

“The events unfolding in Georgia clearly appear to be linked to Russia.”

The protesters had called for the resignation of Saakashvili, accusing him of economic mismanagement and corruption – accusations he rejects…

Hmm, another US ally under attack? That is getting to sound all too familiar.

The protesters initially called for changes in the dates of planned elections and in the electoral system, but later made Saakashvili’s resignation their central demand.

Gee, just like some are now demanding from Mr. Musharraf.

“Georgia is facing a very serious threat of unrest… High-ranking officials in Russian special services are behind this,” [Saakashvili] said.

Can there be any doubt?

And has anyone seen George Soros lately?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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