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Abkhaz Leader Has Ordered Army To Sink Any Georgian Ships In Its Waters

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posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 10:04 AM
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Saakashvili recalls Georgia's Ambassador from Russia. He blames Russia for staging the protests.


edit to add: He also expels several Russian diplomats from Georgia.

[edit on 2007/11/7 by Hellmutt]




posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 11:30 AM
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Thousands of troops are being deployed in Tbilisi. This is serious...



posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 12:11 PM
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Here's more:

RussiaToday: Georgian crackdown: police close independent media channel



Police in Georgia have shut down the independent television channel, Imedi. The station was broadcasting live pictures of protests in Tbilisi for most of the day on Wednesday. A radio station owned by Imedi has also been taken off air.

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Opposition supporters began to return to the Parliament building after the police broke up the rally early on Wednesday. The protesters planned to stage another rally but were again confronted by riot police.

There are also reports that more troops are approaching Tbilisi.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 12:21 PM
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Here's from BBC. Saakashvili said that Russian secret services is behind this, and that he has evidence.


BBC: Russia 'behind Georgia's unrest'


In a televised address, Mr Saakashvili said his country faced "a very serious threat of unrest".

"High ranking officials in Russian special services are behind this," he said, adding that he had evidence.

He said several Russian diplomats would be expelled from Georgia for engaging in "espionage".

Earlier he had recalled Georgia's ambassador to Moscow for "consultations".

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 01:53 PM
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Saakashvili has declared state of emergency! Apparently, there has been a coup attempt.


BBC: Georgia declares emergency state


Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili has declared a state of emergency in the capital Tbilisi after police broke up a sixth day of opposition protests.

In a televised address, Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli said a coup attempt had been made.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


FDS

posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 04:27 PM
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democracy is winning
, I knew it would happen sooner or later

508 People Injured in Unrests


A total of 508 people were taken to hospital on November 7 after a day of unrests in Tbilisi, involving riot police dispersing thousands of protesters in various parts of Tbilisi, the healthcare ministry said.


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Kavkasia TV Off the Air


An opposition TV Kavkasia went off the air shortly after Imedi TV also went off the air this evening.

Unlike Imedi TV, Kavkasia is a small television covering only the capital Tbilisi.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

State of Emergency Imposed for 15 Days in Georgia


President Saakashvili has imposed state of emergency on entire territory of Georgia for 15 days, economy minister, Giorgi Arveladze, announced at 1 am local time on November 8.
Restrictions, he said, will be imposed on dissemination of information, demonstrations and strikes.
As a result, news programs at all the private television stations will be shut down for 15 days.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



Georgia to Expel Three Russian Diplomats

The Georgian Foreign Ministry has declared three Russian diplomats in Tbilisi as persona non grata and said it wanted them to leave the country. Russia said it would made “an adequate response.”

President Saakashvili said in his televised address on November 7 that some diplomats in the Russian embassy were engaged in “subversive activities” against Georgia


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Opposition TV station "IMEDI"



posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 04:30 PM
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My forecast is coming true. This coup-in-the-making has an obvious driving force, and Russia has every interest to be involved in it. Although I doubt that this involvement is direct, because there is sizeable opposition in Georgia that will make it happen one way or another. The overturning of power is inevitable now.

If Saakashvilli had the army to back him up, he might have had the chance to hold out for years, like Musharaf. But I do not think the generals have any incentives to back Saakashvili. So if the military/police turns on him now this could all end tomorrow, as I honestly hope it does - because the alternative is frightning.

If Saaka chooses to fight and has the forces to back him, I am sure the opposition will not back off. This will escalate untill he is out or untill there is a Civil War. This is the difference between Saakashvilli and Shevarnadze. Shevarnadze could have fought, and had the means to and the backing of Russia, but he decided to step down to avoid Civil War and countless casualties. Saakashvili is a coward, and he is quickly building up his police force in hopes that it will insure his stay in power.


And isn't it ironic that the Georgian turbulance is occurying at the same time as one in Pakistan right now? The two have many parallels, and this is not going to be a good month for the US. In Ukraine Yuschenko has caved in as well, without any revolt - just loads and loads of lies and corruption. And all Russia had to do was sit back and watch.


What shall this revolution be called? I propose the "Green Revolution" since green is on the opposite side of rose on the color wheel. Or maybe be a little more creative and call it the "Viridian Revolution"? Ooooooh! gotta think of a name for Pakistani revolution too. Where is the U.S. creative spirit now - I thought they were masters at this?

[edit on 7-11-2007 by maloy]



posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 05:42 PM
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The state of emergency that was declared for Tblisi has now been expanded to the entire nation, and for 15 days.



edit: Oops, that was already mentioned by FDS in this post...

Another source:
AFP: Georgia declares state of emergency after violence

[edit on 2007/11/7 by Hellmutt]



posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 06:12 PM
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(disregard... already posted...again)

[edit on 2007/11/7 by Hellmutt]



posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 10:20 AM
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Saakashvili calls for early elections in Georgia.


News24: Georgia calls early election


Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili on Thursday called an early presidential election for January.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Reuters: Georgian president proposes early election


"It is my proposal to hold presidential elections on January 5," Saakashvili said. "You demanded early presidential elections but now you have them even earlier."

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Russia expels three Georgian diplomats.


RIA Novosti: Russia expels three Georgian diplomats in tit-for-tat move


The Russian Foreign Ministry has ordered three Georgian Embassy officials to leave the country in response to Georgian plans to expel Russian diplomats, the ministry's spokesman said on Thursday.

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"The Georgian diplomat was told that the Russian Federation, in response to unfriendly actions from Georgia, had decided to declare three senior diplomats at the Georgian Embassy in Moscow personae non gratae," Kamynin said.

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posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 05:57 PM
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Saaka promises earlier elections than the opposition wanted. This might be a way to put the opposition at a disadvantage because they will have less time to prepare for elections. But I doubt this will help him. Of course he could easily turn elections into his favor through fraud, especially if no foreign observers are present - not that they would be of much help anyway. Much could change untill Jan. 5. I doubt all will be quiet untill then.



posted on Nov, 9 2007 @ 07:03 PM
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Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia will do "everything possible" to prevent provocations by Georgia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.


RIA Novosti: Russia pledges to prevent provocations in Georgia conflict zones


09/ 11/ 2007



Russia does not interfere in Georgia's internal affairs but will move to prevent provocations in the country's breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the foreign minister said on Friday.

"We don't dictate to Georgian politicians what they should do, and when or how," Sergei Lavrov said after a meeting in Moscow with Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey.

However, Lavrov said Russia's current priority in Georgia is not to allow provocations in the country's conflict zones. "We will do everything possible to prevent this," he said.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Nov, 11 2007 @ 04:24 AM
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U.S. Diplomat Matthew Bryza arrived to Tbilisi yesterday.


Civil Georgia: Georgia Needs to Lift Emergency Rule Immediately – U.S. Diplomat


Matthew Bryza, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, is expected to arrive in Tbilisi on November 10 to meet with the country’s leadership and the opposition.

“I plan to tell the government that it needs to lift the state of emergency immediately,” he told the New York Times on November 9.

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Opposition leader Shalva Natelashvili asks the U.S. for political asylum for his family.


RIA Novosti: Georgian opposition leader asks U.S. for political asylum for his family



10/ 11/ 2007


Georgian opposition leader Shalva Natelashvili has applied for the United States to grant political asylum to his family, his party spokeswoman said Saturday.

Labor Party leader Natelashvili, who is facing espionage charges, handed a letter with the request to the U.S. Embassy in Georgia.

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posted on Nov, 12 2007 @ 10:50 AM
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The raid and trashing of the Imedi TV station.

From RussiaToday:

US head of TV station blasts Georgian authorities

Chief executive officer of Imedi TV, Louis Robertson blasts actions of Tbilis police. Native of Atlanta, Georgia represents News Corporation in Tbilis



posted on Nov, 15 2007 @ 08:01 PM
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Tbilisi, Georgia, 7. November 2007 - EuroNews - No Comment




posted on Nov, 16 2007 @ 05:40 PM
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The state of emergency has been lifted. And Saakashvili has sacked his Prime Minister.


AFP: Georgian president replaces PM, ends emergency rule

16/11/2007


Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili replaced his prime minister on Friday after ending emergency rule he imposed following clashes between security forces and opposition supporters.

An interior ministry spokesman confirmed the lifting of the state of emergency and Saakashvili told reporters that Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli had resigned and been replaced by a commercial bank chief, Lado Gurgenidze.

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RIA Novosti: Georgian president accepts premier's resignation

16/ 11/ 2007


Under the Georgian Constitution, the prime minister's resignation automatically means the resignation of all cabinet ministers. The outgoing government in Georgia includes 13 ministers and four state ministers.

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posted on Nov, 22 2007 @ 11:31 PM
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New PM and cabinet in Georgia.


Civil Georgia: Cabinet Wins Confidence Vote


2007-11-22


Georgian cabinet and new Prime Minister, Lado Gurgenidze, won confidence vote in the Parliament with 155 votes to 0 on November 22.

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Polling stations for the Russian elections in December are to be set up in Abkhazia, and probably in South Ossetia as well. Tbilisi don't like that one bit...


Civil Georgia: Polling Stations to Open in Abkhazia for Russian Elections


2007-11-22


Similar preparations are also underway in breakaway South Ossetia, which has already triggered a protest of Tbilisi.

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posted on Dec, 18 2007 @ 08:24 PM
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Russia Use Artillery To Fight Snow


Snow apparently blocked the road between Russia and Georgia. Russia used artillery to "fight the snow", but ended up blocking the road even more. I wonder if this happened near the Georgian border? *Boom! Boom!*... The road is still blocked and more bad weather is expected.


RussiaToday: Artillery fights snow blocks in Caucuses


December 18, 2007


Cannon have been used to displace snow blocking the Trans-Caucasian highway which links Russia with Georgia.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Jan, 4 2008 @ 11:05 PM
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Georgia is voting today. In fact they are voting right now.


BBC: Georgians vote in key electionsGeorgians vote in key elections


Georgians have begun voting in snap presidential elections, in what is seen as a democracy test for the former Soviet republic.

President Mikhail Saakashvili called the poll, after suppressing huge opposition protests in November.

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Let's see how this turns out...



posted on Jan, 5 2008 @ 02:41 PM
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Saakashvili seems to have won the election. The opposition has called for its suppoerters to riot in the streets.


BBC: Georgia president 'wins election'


Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has a commanding lead in the country's snap election but it is unclear whether he has avoided a presidential run-off.

Exit polls suggest he won 53.7% of the vote, which if confirmed by official results would give him an outright win.

But the opposition said there were serious violations and called its supporters to a street protest.

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