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Native Georgians protest against Saakasahvili at UN headquarters

September 26, 2012, 13:56 UTC+3

The rally brought together over 100 people, mainly Georgian-speaking, who chanted “Saakashvili is Murderer” and demanded his punishment

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NEW YORK, September 26 (Itar-Tass) — Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili’s speech at political discussions at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday was accompanied by rally in front of the UN headquarters with demands for his resignation.

The rally brought together over 100 people, mainly Georgian-speaking, who chanted “Saakashvili is Murderer” and demanded his punishment. Posters in their hands portrayed the president with blood-colored hands.

At that moment Saakashvili addressed the General Assembly from the podium, stating that during his rule Georgia has become a model of a democratic state with a low level of crime and corruption.

One of the organizers of the action, native Georgian Anton Dzhamadze, urged the people not to believe him. “For the past eight years, that bandit has kept in awe his own people telling the lie, and only silly people can believe him. Those people who indeed know what this man is doing are well aware of what danger he presents,” he told Itar-Tass.

According to Dzhamadze, the United Nations, the White House and the Pentagon “know who they deal with”. “At the present moment they are turning a blind eye. It raises questions why they are doing this,” he stressed.

“We have got together here so that the UN, the White House, the Pentagon, as well as personally President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stop patting on the back the person who has ruined his country and launched a war with Russia, the people we have long-standing good-neighborly relations with,” he added.

“We deserve another president,” Dzhamadze said. “We are a friendly nation, and everybody knows that – Europe and America. Saakashvili is shamelessly seeking to set his people against Russia,” he added.

Dzhamadze reminded his interlocutor that numerous actions of protest against Saakashvili are held in Georgia as well as in European countries, and their scope will keep growing as the parliamentary election approaches.

“All demonstrations are peaceful – people don’t want new bloodshed, but Saakashvili must understand that we will not retreat as the freedom of the Georgian people, their future and honor are at stake,” he added.

He urged his fellow countrymen to refrain from the use of force. “If protests develop into clashes, or even worse into riots, Saakashvili will have a pretext to impose the state of emergency and postpone the election,” Dzhamadze explained.

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