Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend E.Huseynov / The former President of Georgia, Eduard Shvarnadze, considers it barbarism to destroy demonstration participants in Tbilisi who require resignation of the power. "Applying tear-gas and other means is barbarism," the former President of Georgia, Eduard Shvarnadze, said in his interview with Trend by telephone on 7 November.
On 7 November the Georgian police applied water-jet and tear-gas to destroy the demonstration of the opposition which has been holding demonstrations in Tbilisi since 2 November, requiring resignation of the President and parliamentary elections in April 2008. More than 200 demonstration participants, including several opposition leaders, were hospitalized. In addition, tens of the demonstration participants received damages.
Shvarnadze considers it illegal to use tear-gas, water-jet and force in order to destroy the demonstration. "The people have the constitutional right to assemble, hold demonstrations, fight for democracy," ex-President said. "People came together in streets. Why? Because they live under bad conditions, can not find jobs, majority of these people are unemployed, but serious people," Shvarnadze added.
Touching upon the government's action to destroy the demonstration, Shvarnadze said that it is possible to speak differently and devise different variants. "Such event took place when I was the President and I resigned, but the current President does not resign," he said. Shvarnadze considers that currently the sides need to reach an agreement to find a way out.
After long years of Presidential term, Eduard Shvarnadze, resigned in November 2003 after the numerous demonstrations of the opposition factually could cause civil war.