Tens of thousands of marchers have demonstrated for a fifth day running in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, taking their anti-Presidential protests right to Mikhail Saakashvili’s doorstep. Opposition leaders, angry about his record on democracy and handling of last summer’s brief war with Russia, said they would not leave until he had resigned.
Former foreign minister Salome Zurabishvili said: “We’re here until the resignation of Saakashvili. This is the answer to the propaganda that was transmitted in the outside world, that this movement was losing support of the population. It is not losing in any way support.”
The opposition claims Saakashvili has monopolised power, and put pressure on the judiciary and the media. But the 41 year old still has strong support, and he has promised to serve out his second term, which ends in 2013. Leaders of the 20,000 amassed outside the president’s office believe he has made too many mistakes to hang on until then.