New Georgian Authorities Resolved to Bring Order

TBILISI (By Marina Kvaratskhelia, RIA Novosti) – The personnel of the Omega holding (200 people) have gathered near the Georgian state chancellery building for a protest.

"The new leadership of Georgia is hampering business development, intimidating freedom of expression, rudely interfering with the work of independent media and opening fire over the heads of workers demanding return to their work in the Omega-Tegi typography," Zaza Okuashvili, founder of the holding and a Georgian parliamentarian, said during the protest.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s Prosecutor General Irakly Okruashvili described the actions of a special police subdivision, which made warning shots into the air in front of the typography’s workers, as "lawful." Moreover, he said that if the protesters fail to obey, law-enforcers are entitled to apply tougher measures (the prosecutor general didn’t specify them).

Since February 19th, tax bodies have been studying financial documents in all enterprises of the holding, Omega-Group, which includes typographies, a tobacco plant, car shops, magazines, newspapers and the Iberia TV company. All the enterprises of the holding have been arrested following the Georgian prosecutor general’s instructions.