Pro-EU Georgians are not “Satanists”. We fight for our future

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Within the final week, the world has witnessed two highly effective photographs from Georgia.

One stuffed many with hope and confirmed the true energy of the assumption in freedom.

The opposite was a picture of hatred that would trigger concern and worry to anybody who sees the hazards of authoritarianism.

Each photographs included the European flag.

Love for a European Georgia vs. anti-European hatred

As tens of hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Tbilisi final week to struggle a celebration’s clear try to dig a rift between Georgia and the European Union, a lady stood her floor whereas proudly holding the flag and combating water cannons, used towards peaceable demonstrators.

She was one among many who had been moved by love for a European Georgia and felt no worry in defending their ideas.

The opposite image was taken on Tuesday.

A a lot smaller crowd made positive their anti-European stance was heard, taking down the flag of Europe that flies in entrance of Parliament and burning it.

They had been a part of the novel conservative motion, a pro-Russian group already chargeable for the July 2021 anti-LGBT pogroms in Tbilisi, and with clear ties to the authorities.

The shortage of any police response to those that truly broke the regulation – burning the European flag is unlawful in Georgia – confirmed the sharp distinction within the authorities’ response to each incidents.

International Brokers Invoice threatened to finish Georgia’s EU path

Therein lies what we feared most in regards to the International Brokers Invoice, that Parliament tried to power it via with procedural methods and overwhelming opposition from all who care about Georgian democracy.

All of us knew it had nothing to do with “anti-influence”. If that had been the case, we might not be dealing immediately with brazenly pro-Russian teams attempting to take us away from the West.

The invoice was nothing greater than a celebration leverage to manage NGOs and impartial media, thereby ending Georgia’s European path.

There was no logic behind the invoice, no necessity, and the worldwide neighborhood largely condemned it earlier than it was even voted on.

In fact, the protests gained a significant victory when the ruling Georgian Dream coalition was pressured to resign and let the opposition repeal the International Brokers Act.

However these of us who’ve endured years of damaged guarantees — the failed 2019 electoral reform, the failed March 8, 2020 Accord, the canceled 2021 Charles Michel Accord — know that victory will solely be non permanent if we do our drop guards.

The prime minister’s anti-European phrases strengthened pro-Russian sentiments

On Sunday, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili went to the tv units and fanned the flames of anti-European rhetoric.

He referred to as the demonstrators “Satanists”, he claimed that the European Parliament needed to begin a struggle in Georgia and he accused our companions of corruption.

Let’s be clear right here: Georgia has by no means met such a dependable buddy, such a secure associate because the EU, and our nationwide identification signifies that every technology has the duty to struggle for our future within the European household.

His phrases weren’t these of the Georgian individuals.

Partying with warning was all we may hope for when the invoice collapsed. Now we see the specter of a government-sponsored pro-Russian group attempting to destabilize and incite hatred.

The one hope now we have is that their rhetoric falls on deaf ears.

Georgia was on the forefront of European integration. Now it has outpaced Ukraine and Moldova when it was denied EU candidacy.

We had one other likelihood on the finish of 2022, however not one of the reforms requested by the European Fee had been carried out.

Politicians owe the subsequent technology a strong European future

A very pro-European authorities wouldn’t reject calls from all Western companions to care for the well being of its former President Mikhail Saakashvili by having him handled overseas.

A very pro-European authorities wouldn’t preserve journalists like Nika Gvaramia in jail.

It might not improve the nation’s financial dependence on Russia.

It might obtain no warnings from the USA to assist Russia circumvent sanctions.

A very pro-European authorities wouldn’t demonize civil society organisations, media and youth teams and stand by Ukraine as Ukraine stood by Georgia in 2008.

In Georgia, the nation’s future was defended by the subsequent technology, a technology for which the Soviet Union is not more than a darkish chapter within the historical past books.

For this technology, each Georgian politician has the duty to anchor our homeland extra firmly in Europe.

Levan Khabeishvili is a member of the Georgian Parliament and chief of the United Nationwide Motion.

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