Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / Azerbaijanis residing in Georgia support neither the government authorities nor the opposition in mass rallies, said Alibala Askarov, leader of the Geyrat Popular Movement of Azerbaijanis Acting in Georgia, to Trend on 7 November.
The United Georgian opposition launched protest actions in Tbilisi, Georgia on 2 November. The demonstrators demanded the release of political prisoners and as well as a parliamentary election in the summer. They have already demanded the President's resignation. The opposition called for citizens to join the rallies, which were scheduled for 7 November at 2:00.
Only one Azerbaijani non-governmental organization, " Georgia is My Motherland", took part in the rally. According to Askarov, most Azerbaijanis do not support the authorities or the opposition which stands against the authorities.
"Since Georgia gained independence there has not been a leader who develops a program concerning national minorities. The opposition also originates from the current government. It means the position of the opposition does not differ from the governments in regards to national minorities. We were accused of supporting Eduard Shevarnadzeh, the former President, during the last change of authority. This time, Azerbaijanis support neither the authorities nor the opposition," Askarov said.
The President will not resign as the opposition has demanded. The last change of government in Georgia happened as a result of an attack on the Parliament. The change of government and the coming of a new opposition to the post will not affect Georgian Azerbaijanis.
"Since taking the Presidential post Michael Saakashvili has not fulfilled all promises he gave," Askarov said.
Azerbaijanis residing in Georgia do not want a revolution.