The opposition and the autumn march
Author: By Zaza Jgharkava
The opposition opened the political season with a vociferous announcement. After the passive summer, the opposition is preparing for revenge and promises to the public a politically hot autumn. On September 27, the National Forum calls the public to participate in the “March of Georgians”. While President Saakashvili is showing off in the United Nations with Georgia’s domestic and foreign policy, the political opposition is getting ready to protest against those very policies.
“The domestic and foreign policies pursued by Saakashvili, [the] Americanization of Georgia and impoverishing the population,” (hovewer, Gubaz Sanikidze, leader of the National Forum did not explain specifically what exactly he means by the “americanization” of Georgia.) these will be the main issues that the oppositionists will protest against during the march. The event coincides with the date of the end of the lost war in Abkhazia twenty years ago. This coincidence adds interest to the march.
As the organizers of the march say, the National Forum does not want to demonstrate its power with by its action; it simply wants the people to express their accumulated discontent. “By demonstrating the protest on the day of the fall of Abkhazia, we should express our discontent,” Sanikidze who is the organizer of the march says.
Within the oppositional spectrum however, there remains a divergence of ideas and a general confusion around the action of the National Forum. Despite several attempts, the ruling party opponents cannot reach a consensus. Oppositional representatives have thus far refrained from commenting on Sanikidze’s initiative. Political secretary of the Labor Party Giorgi Gugava says that the party has not formed its opinion about the issue yet and will make a statement on that in a few days. Despite this, the party representatives are certain that the Laborers will not participate in any march with any political party. “For a large part of society it is unclear what the one-day march serves and what its result will be,” they say.