As more troops are being moved in to Tblissi, to try to counter increasing street protests, the Kremlin has summoned Georgian diplomats in Moscow. President Mikhail Saakashvili claims the political insurrection in his country is being directed by the Kremlin, and he has expelled Russian diplomats.
“Our intelligence sources predicted disturbances this Autumn. They also discovered a rival government was being assembled in Russia to take over when I am toppled.” The political protests, calling for Saakashvili’s resignation, have been loud and violent.
The President, accused of being a dictator, has said he regrets the use of force but that he is determined to reimpose his authority. All news broadcasts, except those of state television, have been ordered off air at gunpoint. Nato, which President Saakashvili wants Georgia to join, has criticised the imposition of the state of emergency which has seen troops firing rubber bullets and tear gas cannisters at demonstrators. It says it runs contrary to the atlantic alliance’s core values.