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Anti-Russian Hysteria On Rise In Georgia Amid Political Unrest

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Anti-Russian Hysteria On Rise In Georgia Amid Political Unrest

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Anti-government Protesters took to the streets of Tbilisi, Georgia for the 3rd day in a row on June 22ndThe protests were largely peaceful, in comparison to the previous day.

The parliament speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze, resigned, meeting one of the protesters’ demands.

There were some non-violent “clashes.” Protesters refused to allow opposition members to protest with them. After a number of oppositionists were not allowed to protest, they began shouting various slogans.

Protest leaders said the rallies would continue until their wider demands were met, including a call for the interior minister to step down, the release of those arrested on the first night of protests, and the punishing of law enforcement officials who used violence against the crowd, as well as early parliamentary elections.

At 1 AM local time on June 23rd, the protest in Tbilisi has mostly ended with a march to the office of the ruling party “Georgian Dream.”

Since the start of protests on June 20, more than 240 have been injured so far and more than 300 have been arrested.

Georgian nationalists attacked a Russian TV crew from the channel “Russia 24” in Tbilisi on June 22nd. Both the correspondent of the television channel Stanislav Bernwald and the operator were attacked by nationalists.

According to the journalists themselves, they were recording an interview with the owner of a local travel agency, in the presence of her husband (she is Ukrainian, he is Georgian by nationality). At that moment two young people approached them. They shouted nationalist slogans and tried to beat the film crew.

A video was also posted of the incident:

The Russian Interests Section in Georgia at the Embassy of Switzerland reports that journalists from the crew of the Russia 24 TV channel, who were attacked in Tbilisi, did not seek help from them.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia is waiting for a response to this attack from relevant international organizations and NGOs, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, and also demands that Georgia ensure the safety of Russian journalists and Russian citizens.

The Georgian Interior Ministry said that a criminal investigation had been opened into the case, RIA reported.

Regarding the matter, Frants Klintsevich, a member of the Russian Security Council, said that the investigation meant that Georgia was understanding what a complete break in communication with Russia would ensue.

He added that the anti-Russian speeches of the radicals could not come as a surprise to the authorities.

“Surprise for the authorities, apparently, was the reaction of Russia to these speeches – at the same time it’s strange if someone hoped that we would “swallow” these insults and Russian tourists would continue visiting Georgia as before,” Klintsevich said.

The former president of Georgia and the ex-governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, on the TV channel 112 Ukraine accused Russia of “impudence” that has reached an extreme degree.

“You will forgive me; you know what is happening in Georgia now. There, due to the fact that the Russians in general became impudent until the end, they arranged the situation: they brought an occupier who sat at the speaker’s seat at the Georgian parliament,” the politician said.

In response to the protests and threats to Russian citizens, since both the government and opposition claim that Russia is behind them, on June 21st, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree, imposing a temporary ban on passenger flights with Georgia from July 8th, the Kremlin press office reported.

The decree also ordered parliament to provide for the return of Russian citizens currently in Georgia and recommended tour agencies not to send Russian clients to Georgia.

According to the Russian Transport Ministry Flights of Georgian airlines to Russia will be suspended from July 8th.

“The reason for the suspension of flights is the need to ensure a sufficient level of aviation security, as well as overdue debts for air navigation activities before State ATM Corporation,” the Ministry said.

“The suspension of flights will continue until companies Georgian Airways and MyWay Airlines present programs of aviation safety to the Russian side, their audit and approval by the Russian side, and until the Georgian side fully repays the air navigation service debt,” the report said.

In response, a group of Georgian activists tried to retaliate by calling on their compatriots to cancel their tours abroad and instead go on vacation in the country. The initiator of this campaign was the chairman of the Association of Law Firms Zviad Kordzadze.

“My idea isn’t aimed at creating an economic miracle. This is a response to the embargo … the initiative calls on citizens who were planning to spend holidays abroad, to allocate one week and rest inside the country, donate a week to our tourism and spend this money in Georgia. I don’t know what economic effect the measure might have, but sometimes supporting their country is more important than the economic effect,” he said.

In conclusion, a harsher rhetoric came from Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov who warned that “from Grozny to Tbilisi there are only 200 kilometers.”

“I want to remind you that there are only two hundred kilometers from Grozny to Tbilisi. In Russia, according to unofficial data, there are almost a million Georgians. Our peoples are bound by centuries-old bonds of friendship and unity,” he wrote in a telegram.

Kadyrov suggested that beaches, Georgian restaurants, hotels and cafes would become empty because of the anti-Russian radicals.

“In 2018, the citizens of Russia left in Georgia three and a half billion dollars,” he recalled.

According to Kadyrov, Russians and Georgians have “thousands of reasons to live in peace and harmony and not a single reason to look at each other with hatred.”

According to him, the anti-Russian politicians were fueled by the Western establishment.

“Madam President Salome Zurabishvili is deeply mistaken. It is Russia that is interested in peace, unity and harmony reigning in Georgia,” he concluded.

And it is indeed quite obvious, as both the current Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili and the former president Mikheil Saakashvili are both heavily biased towards the West and against Russia. The opposition is also not pro-Russian.

The protesters, even at a layman’s glance are obviously not protesting against Russia, they’re attempting to seize power from the government, but not give it to the popular opposition. Nonetheless, the both sides are actiely exploiting anti-Russian rhetorics in their actions.

Another interesting factor is that the entire political unrest in Georgia started during an assembly of MPs from Orthodox Christian countries. Over the past few years, canonical Orthodox Christianity in post-Soviet states as well as in southeastern Europe have become a target of multiple smear campaigns. Foreign actors are supporting various non-canonical entities and sectarian-style believes in the framework of the wider campaign against traditional religions that oppose the establishment of consumerist neoliberal world order.

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Ma_Laoshi

So the good people of Georgia allow Saakashvili to stir the pot, instead of following up on his arrest warrant? Yet another country where the question arises if its people deserve better. SMH. That said, the Moscow Patriarchate is deeply in bed with United Russia; those Rolexes don’t pay for themselves, you know. You were too clever by half if you thought you could spin this forever, and even in the near-abroad.

If the Bear wants a better image for itself, it should put its own den in order.

Harry Smith

Anyway, you got it right. It’s all about Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. Right from the moment when the bishop of Rome demanded his “primat”. No matter is it Russian Empire, USSR or Russian Federation. Until Moscow Patriarchate will keep it’s independence from Western anti-Christian elites.

Zionism = EVIL

Jews are it again.

Daniel Miller

Ofc they even killed your ansestors and made you slip and beak your arm its all the jews fault.
XD

Zionism = EVIL

Ukraine hosts biggest ever gay pride parade in coordination with Tel Aviv Jew mardi gras.

Toronto Tonto

Were you there .

Daniel Miller

are ukrainians nazis or are they jews? i dont get you ppl

Toronto Tonto

You from Nazi Russia I presume .

Stinky Man

I think Russia had something to do with the Nazi’s defeat. Russia lost a lot of folks in defeating the Nazi’s. Do Canada schools teach history or just Indoctrinate Canadian kids?
Signed a US Vet.

Toronto Tonto

The Russians also started WW11 with there pal hitler .

Dick Von Dast'Ard

Desperate to please their Zionists rulers to allow Zionist jets to start a war in the ME.

ʕノ•ᴥ•ʔノ ︵ ┻━┻ ( ͡ʘ ͜ʖ ͡ʘ)╭∩╮

Russians are occupiers of Georgia

Georgia is a fake failed state and historical part of Russia and before that the Persian Empire. Buy a history book ASAP arsehole :)

Georgia and the western part of southern Georgia fell to The Ottomans, while Eastern Georgia and the (largest) eastern part of southern Georgia fell to Iran, thus making Kartli again part of the Safavid Empire. …

Toronto Tonto

More putin bullshittt , Russia is done in 2019 , It will be a bunch of little rouge lawless shittholes soon enough .

Stinky Man

One can only hope Russia launches a hyper sonic weapon on Canada to SYTFU!
How would Canada respond? How would the US respond? Canada doesn’t have the means to protect itself and the US does not have a defense against hyper sonic weapons nor has the US developed any of these advanced weapons. You can hope for some change. I’ll close with the fact that the Russians are the best Hokey players in the world period, Canada has a boy king and has zero impact on the world stage.

Toronto Tonto

Go away you little stinker .

Suyanto Ng

Go away Tonto little stinker

iosongasingsing

Canada is a slave to the Zionists of the New American century.
https://twitter.com/AWAKEALERT/status/1142048380794724353

Georigia is infested with Zionist shit like you.comment image

Abramo Putra

It is true the generals of the Jewish regime in Israel go there on holiday and the snipers who killed 60 innocent people in the Maidan were Georgians trained by the Mossad. Where the Zionists arrive, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Georgia, there is always the smell of death.

iosongasingsing

Poroscenko from jew controlled Ucraine calls for every Ukrainian on vacation to Georgia instead of the Russians. Ukrainian jews with Israeli jews together, again in Cazarie.

occupybacon
Joe Dickson

Georgia is a part of the Armenian Empire, long may she reign.

Black Waters

It’s the U.S they want to drag the whole world with them, they know they can’t pay their eternal debt.

AM Hants

Rose Revolution II, no doubt funded, like the first one, by Soros.

Guess, they never bother noticing what happened with the Soros funded ‘Orange Revolution II’, over in Ukraine.

100,000 dead, 900,000 with life changing injuries and millions displaced. Figures from Igor Tsarev. UN figures, slightly more conservative, but, leaving many sections out.

Is that what the idiots of Georgia want, to go with their US bio-chemical lab, with full diplomatic immunity? Just to keep politicians, easy to coerce or blackmail, owing to lifestyle choices, by Soros and friends.

No doubt, they will be begging Saakashvili to come back and take control of the nation. Worked out well, last time.

Toronto Tonto

Its on the rise globally for good reason .

iosongasingsing

Who is organizing this filthy extremist scum that longs to be part of the EU? They are terrorists like those of Azov, ISIS, FSA, Kurdish gangs. Israel is present in Georgia with military advisers, where this unholy rogue state operates, destruction and terrorism are growing.

lovethemapples

Fair enough though. Russia did occupy Georgian territories, hence Georgians don’t like them.

Paul

Your opinion is far too simplistic. The geopolitical nature of the region is very complex. To know what is happening now, you have to study the history.

lovethemapples

We can call international consensus simplistic, im fine with that. But neither complexity of the region nor its history will change the facts.

Paul

Those Georgians who don’t hate the Russians and identify with their Russian heritage, wouldn’t agree with the so called international consensus.

lovethemapples

Russians and Russia are two different notions. But if we talk about Russian regional politics, it becomes very unsurprising why would Georgians hate the country that occupies their lands.

Paul

Yes I understand, but the point I’m making is that how many do actually hate Russia?

lovethemapples

I’v been there once, and I speak russian, and I knew most people spoke russian as well. But they insisted to use english as a common language instead, even though they knew it worse than russian. Luckily I am fluent in english in comparison with my broken russian:)))
I don’t know how to identify hate indicator with above mentioned, but honestly I don’t know if there is any other way either. Maybe we can look up some polls.

Paul

Yeah, that would be a way of finding out.

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