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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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Orbeti village inhabitants demand detention of murder suspect

09.09.14 14:27

The inhabitants of the village of Orbeti, Tetritskaro municipality, urge the police to arrest brothers Bekauris, accusing them of murdering another villager, Mikheil Tsiklauri. MP from the United National Movement, Pavle Kublashvili announced at the briefing today. More...

Police special operation conducted in Ponitchala district

09.09.14 14:24

Riot police units were mobilized in the Ponitchala district of Tbilisi today. The people living nearby have no idea who the police were chasing. Rustavi2 has obtained reports about the detention of a 30year-old man for drug crime. clip 

PM introduces new strategy for education development to pedagogues

09.09.14 13:06

Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili met with Georgian pedagogues within a conference dedicated to the discussion of the state strategy for the development of education and science. The Prime Minister reported the details of the state strategy to the pedagogues and at the end of the conference, listened to their points of view clip 

President meets EP Rapporteur on Georgia

09.09.14 12:55

The President of Georgia today hosted the European Parliament Rapporteur on Georgia, Andrejs Mamikins. The sides discussed EU-Georgia relations and the processes following the signature of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European clip 

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Nika Melia of UNM urges mayor to make definitions

09.09.14 12:11

The United National Movement urges the mayor of Tbilisi, Davit Narmania to make definitions about the demolition of the former Tsekavshiri building at the Freedom Square of Tbilisi. Nika Melia briefed for media on the background of the demolition works clip 

Police arrest a young man in Kobuleti for gun crime

09.09.14 12:01

Adjara police officers have arrested a 25 year-old Avtandil Ts. for illegal purchase and keeping of arms. The detention operation was conducted in the Kobuleti town. The police raided the apartment of the temporary residence of the clip 

MDF concerned about violation of human rights during police raids

09.09.14 11:29

The Media Development Fund has released a statement, in which they express their concerns regarding the detention of a person accompanying their journalist during the police raids two days ago. According to the journalist...More...

Irakli Shikhiashvili has a new position

09.09.14 10:30

The former chairperson of the Tbilisi City Assembly Sakrebulo, Irakli Shikhiashvili has been appointed as the head of the Department of the Veterans Affairs. clip 

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