Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Political Protest in Tbilisi Today & Pro Child Beggars















Political Protest in Tbilisi Today & Pro Child Beggars

I am an American visiting in Tbilisi, Georgia, home of the Rose Revolution, and George W. Bush Street. There was an interesting protest going on today. If anyone speaks Georgian or has insight, it would be interesting to hear comments on this one. The U.S.A. gave Georgia some $235 million for infrastructure, and U.N. or UNHNC trucks (and a few blue hat soldiers now and then) can been seen around the streets occassionally of Tbilisi.

Since Tbilisi is Georgia's capital, it is a hotbed of political demonstrations, and protests, particularly against George Soros (especially near the Open Society Foundation building here).

Also, you will see a lot of "Professional" child beggars on the streets in Tbilisi. It's rather odd how everyone just ignores them, when some of them clearly are not there of their own volition, or will, and other's look very sick, many gathering handouts for their gypsy parents. We understand that half of Tbilisi's residents are unemployed. There is a lot of talk in the Ukrainian news about a "Caucus War" around March 20-23 - is this true? The Moscow Times and other Russian paper's declare increasingly tense relations between the current Georgian administration and Russian government. I suppose perhaps there is a major interest in the oil pipelines through the "seperatists" regions. As a visiting tourist, and one who reads the rare few english expatriate or english words online about Tbilisi Georgia, I have to say, I know little of Georgian politics, but see a world far different than that of the west.