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Adjara marks eighth anniversary of Revolution

06.05.12 13:44

Batumi celebrates the eighth anniversary of the Adjara revolution. The revolution in 2004 ended with the liberation of Adjarians from the governance of Aslan Abashidze. The renegade leader fled Batumi on 6 May 2004 after several day mass demonstrations and since then he has been living in Russia together with his family.

The Adjara crisis refers to a political crisis in Georgia’s Adjaran Autonomous Republic, then led by Aslan Abashidze, who refused to obey the central authorities after President Eduard Shevardnadze’s ousting during the Rose Revolution of November 2003. The crisis threatened to develop into military confrontation as both sides mobilized their forces at the internal border. However, Georgia’s post-revolutionary government of President Mikheil Saakashvili managed to avoid bloodshed and with the help of Adjaran opposition reasserted its supremacy. Abashidze left the region in exile in May 2004 and was succeeded by Levan Varshalomidze.

On May 4, a large opposition protest rally was attacked by the local security forces in Batumi. Dozens of protesters were reportedly injured. However, the violent break up of peaceful demonstration proved a catalyst for even larger protests later on the same day. Tens of thousands from all Adjara headed to Batumi demanding Abashidze’s resignation. Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and Interior Minister Giorgi Baramidze crossed the Choloki River on May 5 and held talks with Adjaran Interior Minister Jemal Gogitidze. The latter agreed to withdraw his forces and paramilitary groups from the administrative border provided he would be guaranteed with security. Abashidze`s position became untenable when local protesters took control of the central part of the city of Batumi and Georgian Special Forces entered the region and started to disarm pro-Abashizde militants. Later on the same day, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Igor Ivanov arrived in the Adjaran capital Batumi. Abashidze stepped down after overnight talks with Ivanov and left for Moscow.

“Aslan has fled, Adjara is free,” President Saakashvili announced at the dawn of St George’s Day on May 6 and congratulated Georgians with what he described as “a second bloodless revolution” in Georgia.

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Charter of Journalists Conduct and Ombudsman release statements

16.04.14 10:02

The members of the Journalists Charter of Conduct and the Public Defender of Georgia have released separate statements following the detention of a Georgian TV crew of three reporters in the village of Advzi and call ...More...

Zurab Abashidze to meet with Grigori Kasasin

16.04.14 10:27

The detention of the Georgian TV crew in the village of Adzvi will be one of the topical issues discussed at the meeting between the Georgian Prime Minister`s special representative for relations with Russia and the Russian deputy minister of foreign ...More...

Police solves crime committed at TSU central building

16.04.14 11:07

Police have solved the crime that occurred on Chavchavadze Avenue outside the first building of the Tbilisi State University. The officers have arrested a 21 year-old man, who is accused of deliberately inflicting less grave injury. More...

77 year-old man from Sakorintlo village is still missing

15.04.14 14:22

The whereabouts of a 77 year-old Giorgi Ananiashvili, who is from the Gori region`s village of Sakorintlo, is still unknown. The old man has been missing since Friday. The family members say he went out of home five days ago and is still missing. clip 

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PM addresses the Conference dedicated to the development of sports

15.04.14 12:35

Government of Georgia has a long-term and systematic vision to the direction of sports development - the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili said in his speech at the conference dedicated to the sports development. clip 

Scandal in Georgian football

15.04.14 12:30

The scandal in Georgian football continues - five Georgian football clubs, which were fined for participating in suspicious matches, plan to make a joint statement today. clip 

CEC releases a statement on local government elections

15.04.14 11:15

Municipal Elections will be conducted on June 15, 2014. The Central Election Commission of Georgia has already received the ordinance of the President of Georgia countersigned by the Government of clip 

ODIHR defines reasons of its absence on Georgian elections

15.04.14 10:49

ODIHR has confirmed that its rejection of invitation to Georgia for observing the local government elections was conditioned by financial problems. The ODIHR has sent a letter to Rustavi2 defining these reasons in details. clip 

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