August 1, 2008 - 15:40 AMT
Javakhk events shattered illusions about 'democratic and Europeanized Georgia'
With the recent violence in Javakhk, Georgian military and policing branch of government has demonstrated that the country can't become a member of western military and political blocs, an Armenian expert said.
"The events in Javakhk shattered illusions about a 'democratic and Europeanized Georgia'. Illegal intrusion into the houses and arrests as well as illegal detainment of elderly relations of Armenian activists create an impression that Georgia has become a medieval principality with no law and civil rights and where the local princes have full control over the residents," Eduard Abrahamyan, expert at Mitq analytical center told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.
"Akhalkalaki police chief Samvel Petrosyan acts as "prince" here. He actually ruined his part, incurring displeasure of the Georgian authorities and angering the Armenian population. The republic's leadership will never excuse blunders in the process of neutralization of Armenian activists. Petrosyan will apparently be replaced by a young mercenary official who will spare no effort to subdue the freedom-loving Armenians of Javakhk. The recent events are the start of Georgian lawlessness and forcible assimilation of Javakheti Armenians," he said.
"Due to complete lack of information, the Armenian population of Javakhk sometimes invents various versions of Gurgen Shirinyan's escape, the only fighter against Georgian illegal actions, who has become a hero for the Javakheti youth. Under the circumstances, Armenia should take the only outlet to the Black Sea under its political, economic and public control," Abrahamyan said.