Saakashvili prepares coup d’état in Georgia

Some days before parliamentary elections in Georgia information was leaked proving Saakashvili is preparing a plot in his former country.
Addressing supporters at United National Movement’s campaign rally in Zugdidi via video link from Ukraine, Georgia’s former president and now governor of Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili said that UNM’s victory in the October 8 parliamentary election is “absolutely inevitable.”
He said that “according to polls” the UNM is “winning very well” in the regions and in Tbilisi too.
MP Davit Bakradze, who is number one on UNM’s party list of MP candidates, told the rally that they “are very close not only to our victory, but to the victory of our country.”
Meanwhile in Tbilisi, several activists from UNM-affiliated group, Free Zone, announced on September 26 about quitting the organization, accusing UNM and its leader Mikheil Saakashvili of planning post-election disorders. Two of the former activists of Free Zone claimed that they met Saakashvili in Kiev about four days ago and discussed the issue. After voicing this allegation, the activists were summoned by the State Security Service for questioning.
UNM responded that activists’ allegation was a result of pressure exerted on them by the State Security Service.
Seizing upon allegations voiced by former activists of Free Zone, GDDG ruling party again accused the UNM of trying to stir up “provocations.”
“That’s what we were saying about UNM – that it is planning destabilization… It is good that there are people within UNM, who distance themselves from such attempts,” GDDG’s executive secretary, Irakli Kobakhidze, said.
The next day an audio recording was leaked and uploaded on YouTube. In the recording a man, whose voice resembles the one of Saakashvili complains before his interlocutors that although one of the UNM leaders Giga Bokeria on the one hand reluctantly shares his view about the need to pursue “revolutionary scenario”, on the other hand he also speaks about the need to get ready for a coalition government.
“Who wants to get ready for a coalition, let them prepare for it. I have no desire whatsoever to get ready for a coalition. That’s not what I am fighting for,” says purportedly Saakashvili in the recording.

His interlocutors in the recording purportedly include MP Akaki Minashvili, MP Akaka Bobokhidze, MP Gigi Tsereteli, MP Petre Tsiskarishvili, MP Nugzar Tsiklauri, who speak about the need of holding elections in a “revolutionary situation”, post-election protests, and keeping permanently 200 protesters in tents on the Rustaveli avenue for 2-3 months.
The State Security Service said on September 27 that “in connection to secretly recorded audiotape, disseminated by media outlets, the counterintelligence department opened investigation under the part 1 of article 315 of the criminal code of Georgia, involving conspiracy to overthrow or to seize state power.”
“The origin and authenticity of the recording, disseminated by media sources, will be examined; all the necessary investigative activities will be carried out and persons, featuring in the recordings, will be questioned,” the State Security Service said.
Some opposition leaders proclaimed they have nothing to do with recorded conversation and accused authorities in fabricating of false records, while others said opposition “strongly denies planning destabilization, plotting or having any scenario for revolution.”

 

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