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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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Man arrested for drug crime

23.09.14 15:32

Kvemo Kartli police officers have arrested a man for drug crime. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Guinar I. was previously convicted several times and this time...More...

TV journalist accuses PM`s relative of intimidation

23.09.14 14:38

Journalist Natia Mikiashvili, who is the anchor of the Anatomy TV show focusing on journalistic investigations, accuses the relative of the Georgian Prime Minister, of intimidation. clip 

MP Dumbadze urges president to dismiss Adjara government

23.09.14 14:12

Vice Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Murman Dumbadze, who was recently expelled from the ruling party Georgian Dream and its faction of the parliament, plans to meet with the President of Georgia and report the problems in the government of Adjara, including the suspicions on corruption deals and clip 

Crisis Management Council discussed situation in Adjara

23.09.14 13:37

Council for State Security and Crisis Management set up under the decision of the Prime Minister has held an emergency meeting clip 

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Parliament Speaker hosts Lithuanian colleagues

23.09.14 12:59

The chairperson of the parliament of Georgia, Davit Usupashvili has hosted the head of the friendship group of Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania today. The delegation of the Lithuanian lawmakers pays official visit to clip 

Robber injures a woman on Pekini Street

23.09.14 12:23

A woman was injured on the Pekini Street by yet unidentified man last night. The man wanted to rob her and take away his hand bag, but the woman resisted, after which he stabbed her in her left clip 

SSPS ex-chief`s property, accounts seized

23.09.14 11:38

The former chief of the Special State Protection Service of Georgia, Temur Janashia says his property and bank accounts have been seized, including the account, on which his pension is transferred. Janashia will hold a press conference together with his lawyer clip 

151 military servicemen return from Afghanistan

23.09.14 11:26

Another part of the Special Mountain Battalion of the Georgian Armed Forces returned from Afghanistan. Special Mountain Battalion served at the Kandahar Air Base during six months. clip 

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