Nino Burjanadze has made a comment on recent developments in
"It is a pity that the protest went as far as it did. The
government should have done everything in its powers for the
tensions not to reach this level. Statements that I hear from the
government labelling all the protesters as traitors and enemies of
the state, before the commencement of investigation, is
categorically unacceptable and this will not lead to stability.
For me, the most disturbing was complaints voiced by residents of
Adjara and Batumi towards the high-ranking police officials. Their
complaints were filled with indignation and were claiming that they
were being insulted, being called Tatars.
Division of Georgians cannot be forgiven, and the government must
investigate whether one of the ignorant representatives of the
government is indeed dividing Georgians and immediately and
proportionally punish those responsible. If slander has taken
place, those responsible must be punished as well.
This is a very important and sensitive issue and ignoring it would
put is in a very difficult situation.
This is an alarming signal and can bring grave consequences, if the
government does not react adequately.
If the government took timely and adequate measures, I am sure that
tensions would not have reached this level.”