Georgians opposed to the government of President Mikheil Saakashvilli are preparing for a third day of civil disobedience. In a statement the leaders of the antigovernment coalition demanded a meeting with the underfire leader to make their concerns a subject of national discussion.
However, the president is standing firm he said: “ They have already voted and they were outvoted. That’s how it works.” One government opponent was clear about the objectives: “The protest has only one goal, Saakashvilli’s resignation and then straight to court. As soon as he goes the demos stop.” His opponents claim that Saakashvilli is brash and impulsive and has concentrated too much power in his own hands and that he foolishly allowed himself to be drawn into a disastrous war with Russia. The demonstrators begin their action in the late afternoon and continue on into the evening. As many as 25,000 marched on Friday night.