The 15th Anniversary of Georgia’s Rose Revolution
23 November, 2018
The 15th Anniversary of Georgia’s Rose Revolution
15 years ago, in 2003, the rose revolution took place in Georgia. The revolution was followed by the change of power in the country. As a result, President Eduard Shevardnadze was forced to resign on November 23, 2003. The result was preceded by the widespread protests over disputed parliamentary elections. The Rose revolution is regarded as a pro-Western peaceful change of power and the end of the Soviet era of leadership in the country.
Mikheil Saakashvili, Zurab Zhvania, and Nino Burjanadze
The opposition leaders Mikheil Saakashvili, Zurab Zhvania, Nino
Burjanadze and the second president Eduard Shevardnadze on the 9th of November, 2003, Photo courtesy: www.radiotavisupleba.ge

The protestors demanded the president Eduard Shevardnadze be put on trial if the officials who falsified the results wouldn’t be fired. The protest was led by the opposition leaders Mikheil Saakashvili, Zurab Zhvania, and Nino Burjanadze.

The demonstrations took place between 3 and 23 November 2003. The Revolution triggered new presidential and parliamentary elections in Georgia, which established the United National Movement as the dominant ruling party. Following the Rose Revolution, Georgia pursued a decidedly pro-Western foreign policy and declared European and Euro-Atlantic integration as its main priority.
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Demonstrations during the Rose Revolution, Photo courtesy: www.radiotavisupleba.ge

On the 23rd of November, Georgians celebrate a national holiday St. George Day. The holiday commemorates the torture of St. George on the wheel for refusing to make sacrifices to the Roman gods. The day may also be known as 'The Breaking on the Wheel of Holy Greatmartyr George'.

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