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Lithuanian Conservatives to express support to Georgia in rally

Mitingo dalyviai pasirašinėjo ant Gruzijos žemėlapio, kuris perduotas Rusijos ambasadai
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / .
Šaltinis: BNS

At a rally to be held in Vilnius on Thursday to mark the five-year anniversary since the brief Russo-Georgian war and to express support to Georgia, the Lithuanian Conservative Party intends to draw attention to the situation in Georgia that has been accused by the Western world of persecuting its former administration.

"For the first time, this year's rally will not be just about Georgia's freedom and territorial integrity but also about freedom in Georgia, as the processes taking place in Georgia – restriction of freedoms and denial of the law – are also alarming," MP Mantas Adomėnas, leader of the Conservative Party' Vilnius branch, told BNS on Tuesday.

Held outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, the rally will traditionally take place under the slogan "For Georgian Freedom – For Freedom in Georgia!"

"This time we included the topic of the war and the Rose Revolution, which is turning 10 years, and we indeed have a feeling that its ideals, democratic orientation and respect for human rights are being ignored and denied," Adomėnas said.

The Lithuanian Conservatives have often voiced support to the party of Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili.

In Adomėnas' words, the rally should bring together up to 100 people.

Armed clashes between the Georgian Army and separatists broke out in the breakaway South Ossetian region in early hours of August 8, 2008. Georgian forces then took over the regional capital Tskhinvali, but the actions drew a response from Russia supporting the separatists. Russia brought in its army into the region and later other parts of Georgia, bombarding various targets across the country's territory.

After the conflict, South Ossetia and Abkhazia declared independence, but were only recognized by Russia and a few more states.

The Rose Revolution of 2003 led to resignation of Eduard Shevardnadze from the President's Office, which was soon headed by Saakashvili, an allegedly pro-Western politician.

Saakashvili's party was defeated by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili's party in parliamentary elections last year.

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