April 7 - With less than two days until massive, nationwide protests take to the streets in hopes of ousting the unpopular Saakashvili regime, the President has barricaded himself in his own home due to the eruption of early street demonstrations calling for his immediate resignation.
According to Izvestia, Saakashvili reportedly plans to remain hidden in one of his residences until the mass anti-government protests, scheduled to start on April 9, are finished. Opposition groups hoping to remove Saakashvili from power say the demonstrations will last for one week.
Georgia's president, who came to power during the so-called "Rose Revolution" of 2003, has lost nearly all his support after a series of political and economic blunders that have crippled the country. On top of his extremely foolish war with Russia following the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia, the staggering economic crisis that has swept over the former socialist republic has left a significant portion of the working-age population without jobs and thus no means of supporting itself.
As the date draws near for the nationwide demonstrations, opposition groups have grown bolder in their tactics of antagonizing the president and regime. This week, some of the Youth Wings of the opposition movement were reported picketing not only the presidential administration building, but also the Internal Affairs Ministry, headquarters of the security services and expensive restaurants frequented by Saakashvili himself.
However Georgia's problems stem much deeper than can be resolved by a simple transfer of power. Since the onset of rapid privatization in the 1990's, preceded by the formal abandonment of socialism under the Khruschev regime in the former USSR, the country has politically and economically been mired in a number of severe problems, including massive unemployment, corruption and abuses in government and a failing infrastructure that has steadily decreased in effectiveness over the last several decades.
If Georgia wants to recover, then it must adequately identify the real culprit of the problems, and turn the anti-Saakashvili movement into a formal declaration of class-war against capitalism and the ruling classes.