Today is Giorgoba in Georgia – St. George’s Day. It is also the anniversary of the Rose Revolution.
Massive anti-government demonstrations started in the streets of Tbilisi and spread to almost all other cities and towns of Georgia.
On November 22, President Shevardnadze attempted to open the new session of parliament but supporters of the major opposition parties, led by Mikheil Saakashvili, burst into the session with roses in their hands (hence the name Rose Revolution), forcing the president to flee. Mikheil Saakashvili walked to the podium, faced the cameras, and drank the departed president’s glass of green tea!
That was the Rose Revolution. Not one person was injured, not a drop of blood was spilled.
Shevardnadze resigned the next day. Two months later, in January 2004, Mikheil Saakashvili, 36, was elected the country’s new president with 96 percent of the vote.
The tall person is a great admirer of Mikheil Saakashvili, who is affectionately known as Mischa. He says that he is a man of vision and determination who has worked hard to reform and modernise Georgia.