Friday, April 10, 2009

RELEASES: Statement of President Mikheil Saakashvili (

Yesterday, democracy in Georgia took a major step forward. Thousands of people exercised their democratic rights by voicing their concerns about their elected government. They did so without violence. The police also acted with maximum restraint, as I ordered them.
Yesterday, we paid tribute to those who fell in defense of Georgian independence. I would like to believe that those heroes would have been proud of how our democracy performed.
I want to thank everybody who participated in yesterday’s events -peacefully and within the framework of the law.
By demonstrating peacefully-by the complete and total lack of violence, by ensuring the right to free movement and freedom of assembly-we proved the maturity of our state and of our democracy.

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