I cannot start discussing the current protest without an overview of what happened on June 20th. So, let’s recap that dreadful day in order to understand just how bad the government fucked up this time.
It all started on the morning of June 20th with the Russian deputy Gavrilov putting his ass on the chair of the chairman of our parliament and leading this farce 26th “Interparliamentary Orthodox General Assembly” in the Russian language!
The attending representatives of “European Georgia” started protesting, they took over the parliament boardroom and disrupted the event.
Naturally, such a disrespectful behavior of the representative of the occupant country was followed by massive protests in Tbilisi. On the same day, Gavrilov peacefully left for Moscow, from where he started insulting us.
The protest continued throughout the whole day. Later at night, after a conflict between the protestants and governmental forces, the police started to disperse people with tear gas and rubber bullets. This continued for about eight hours and by the end, it was hardly distinguishable from hunting on animals in a forest.
Dozens of peaceful protestants and police officers were harmed in the process, two young people lost their eyes, a bunch of people got serious injuries. Many were arrested.
Irakli Kobakhidze, the chairman of the parliament of Georgia, resigned.
There was another protest on June 21st. The activists made their requests clear:
- The Minister of the Internal Affairs, Giorgi Gakharia, has to leave his position (who, instead of being overthrown, got promoted)
- Instant release of people who got arrested the day before
- Introduction of the proportional electoral system
Protests continued for more than two months, but the government promised to satisfy only one of the requirements – the third one.
But, as it turned out, they were lying to our faces – last Thursday the Parliament rejected the change of the electoral system.
And, by doing that, they literally fucked us over.
Yes, they fucked over the people who pay the salaries and bonuses of the government. This isn’t only a sign of indifference towards the society, this is a lot more than that: they clearly showed us their political course (which like a broken compass only points towards the North). Now we see that they are willing to walk over the people for the sake of keeping their buttcheeks warm.
The request was simple – we wanted to have fair, just elections, but the government said: “Nope, ain’t gonna work for us.”
With this, they managed to unite the whole opposing spectrum under one slogan – “All against one”.
The events of the previous Monday, November the 17th, should also be mentioned. We held a peaceful protest without one aggressive or, even more importantly, revolutionary remark, but at 5 p.m. boys in metal (the Special Forces), and water cannons started to pile up near the Parliament. Turns out our government, which we all love so much, wished to hold a meeting in the Parliament building.
They started dispersing peaceful protests using tear gas and water cannons so that our lovely MPs could enter the building. As a result, the adjacent territory to the parliament was cleared from protesters from the side of 9th April street and Chichinadze Street. Those who were left on the Rustaveli Avenue found themselves surrounded by police officers. They wouldn’t let anyone on the site of the protest even though this was a direct violation of the constitutional right of freedom of movement. Yes, they pushed protesters off the road and opened the Rustaveli avenue for cars, but at what cost?
Despite everything that happened, we continue to fight and will do so until the Georgian people free themselves from this ugly political system – “All against one”.
Why is civil activism so important?
In our contemporary history, the amount of young activists is growing. These are the people who see the glitches of activism, who fight against unfairness, and who want a very simple thing – to live in a better country. They fight those who are getting too comfortable in their leather chairs and have no other interest but to fatten their pockets with money. Such people have been holding the grips on Georgia for quite a long time now, starting with Shevardnadze.
Activism is like fighting on a steep hill: we’re always in the losing position but one thing they won’t be able to take away from us is the need to strive for a better society. This is the most important thing. Without this, hope disappears. And without hope, the action becomes really hard and often times even impossible. That’s exactly why activism is so important – to preserve hope in society.
People realize that they’re not alone. The government still holds power through dominant discourse. And, what happens when a group of different thinking individuals stands up in such a society? They are outnumbered, laughed at, isolated, and often lose the ability to act under such pressure. The protest, activism, is the only way to fight against that.
This is not that hard to understand. Remember 1984 by George Orwell, or Bend Sinister by Nabokov, or even The Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. How do they treat free, critically-thinking humans? Why do they want to create their own, done thinking system? But why are we talking about books, weren’t we living in such a dystopia like a couple of dozen years before? Do we want to continue to live like this? I hope not. So get rid of this ugly conformism from your heads.
Protest gives birth to debate and debates are the best way for the exchange of ideas and rational decision-making. Democracy – what is a democracy? Governed by people, right? But the distance from governed by people and ხალხთა ტირანია is very short. That is why activism is so important so that a country is built on rational decisions and not on the ideology of the masses.
Sometimes we’ll win sometimes we’ll lose, but we’ll always protect that drop of hope that gives us the power to act.
Those of you who think that there are only two types of people in this country, “Nacebi” (proponents of “The National Movement Party”) and “Qocebi” (those who back “The Georgian Dream”), here’s a thing geniuses – criticizing one party doesn’t mean we like the other one. In fact, we don’t even need to affiliate ourselves with any of them to write what we think. Do you know why? Because we have a much higher title – we are the citizens of Georgia and this is more than necessary to criticize the government we hire.