Thursday, May 26, 2011

Georgians call on president to step down

Georgian protesters enter their fifth day of anti- government demonstrations

Source: Press TV

In Georgia, thousands of opposition supporters have continued their protests for the fifth consecutive day, demanding the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Georgian opposition leader, Nino Burjanadze says that the country's future would be determined on Wednesday, promising to occupy another central square in the capital of Tbilisi after five days of protests, AFP reported.

The supporters of Burjanadze are hoping to enjoy the same success as other countries in the Arab Spring.

Demonstrators have blocked the city's main street near the Parliament chanting anti-government slogans.

Georgians are protesting against the government's failure to improve the living conditions as well as the country's unemployment rate.

The fifth day of protests comes a day before the government's plans to carry out a military parade marking Georgia's Independence Day on Thursday.

The country's former defense minister's arrest helped spark mass protests after he turned against the Georgian president in 2007.

The opposition National Assembly has accused officials of detaining scores of government opponents and seizing hundreds of activists' cars before the rallies.

The Georgian interior ministry, however, said the allegations were "completely untrue."

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