‘Regime - changes by revolutions must stop’
05 May, 2011
‘Regime - changes by revolutions must stop’

When a part of opposition announces scheduled revolutionary development of processes and another part vows to change the regime through democratic elections, opinions of exterior observers may have interesting insights that are worth to reflect on them. We asked independent analyst Demur Giorkhelidze to comment on possible scenarios of further developments.
Demur Giorkhelidze: The greatest adversary of Georgian Authorities is not the opposition but Georgian economy. Social and economic conditions of the country are extremely grave. People have protested, yet

their protests were ignored. The public looks for pivots and the right time to take to streets again and stay there till their conditions start to improve in real. People have no jobs, no proper living conditions, even no pre-requisite just to earn for humane life. The Authorities do not seem to be undertaking steps towards alleviation of these fundamental problems of the public. The political parties talk with the public about their own problems, not the problems that torment the people. Governmental supporters can be found mostly at the State jobs but even these jobs are highly susceptible to regular reorganizations and subject to sudden dismissals. Most of the public feels total lack of stability and safety. This may cost the Government dearly.
Q: What about situation of businesses?
A: Oppressed business will not have a good run ever. Entrepreneurs should be penalized for violation of law, not for political inclinations. We have to create a reality where people express their own will during elections and where a political force that enters the State office does not start questioning about who voted for or against them. If we do not create such a reality we would not be the State. You can find practically no independently developed business in Georgia. All the working businesses are associated with the Government. If there is no heredity, citizens are not able to generate wealth by means of their own labor and then transfer it peacefully to their heirs, if somebody would fear a regime change, we would always face property redistribution problem. Property redistribution in every 5 or ten years destroys all the previous achievements.
Q: What do you think is a way out?
A: Regime changes by revolutions must stop. When a new force gains the State power through violence, vengeance becomes the agenda of the day. Unless such a practice is ditched and the Georgian public and political leaders do not reach a consensus on rules of political game, this vicious cycle of revolutions would continue endlessly.
Q: The Authorities keep saying that the regime change will lead to change in the orientation of Georgia.
A: The orientation of Georgia will stay as is in the next 20-30 years. Georgia sticks to the Western course. I do not see a political force which would change the orientation of the country if successful in gaining the State power.

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