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#2 (42), 12-18 January, 2015
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Charlie Hebdo – justification of violence

Kviris Chronika, 12-18 January

Sandro Bregadze, Deputy Minister of Diaspora Issues: "The extremists who committed the terribly cruel crime in Paris on 7 January, are analogue to those people here who insult the Orthodox religion, the Church, and the patriarch… So, we can call that Vacharadze an extremist-terrorist fighting against Christianity!!!"

Review of the Weeek

During the period of 12-18 January the following facts have been noted as a result of the monitoring: calls for violence (6); justification of violence, connected to the terract against Charlie Hebdo and critique of the clerics in the Georgian context (6), of these: in 1 case the source was an official (Deputy Minister of Diaspora Issues), in 2 cases it was media (Asaval-Dasavali, Geword.ge); suppression of the freedom of expression justified by insult of religious feelings,

including doing so in the local context (regarding statements about the Patriarchate by journalist Ninia Kakabadze and the leader of Identoba organization) (8, of these 4 by media); religious discrimination (1); xenophobia (4); Armenophobia (2); spreading of incorrect information about Armenian religious buildings, based on a Russian source (8); unfounded claims about ethnic identity (2); homophobia (6); gender discrimination (2); anti-Western sentiments (12).

Calls for violence

Alia 16-19 January and Geworld.ge, 18 January

Elizbar Diakonidze, deacon: "Wherever I see that Vacharadze, I will break his nose and mouth personally… I use Alia’s pages to warn him, if he sees me, he should move to another side of the street and beware not to meet me!.. This will be an example for others, that all those who ridicule the Patriarchate and His Holiness get punished...

The congregation must do what it has done historically: when someone insults your mother Church and your Patriarch, he deserves to be shunned from the society."

Asaval-Dasavali, 12-18 January

David Solomnishvili, resident of Vazisubani: "I prefer to shoot and kill [Mamuka] Khazaradze than for my children do die of hunger." 

Geworld.ge, 14 January

Tamaz Chighladze, ISIS militant: “I address the kafirs of Georgia,those of you who did anything against Islam and the Muslims in the NATO missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa or Georgia… You will pay for this with your dirty kafir blood...”

Alia, 13 January

Tamaz Chighladze, ISIS militant: "Don’t you dare to raise your hand against any Muslim brother, or any mosque, or any issue concerning Islam, otherwise, when one day black flags are risen in Georgia, you will [have to] find refuge. I promise I will make you beg on your knees on TV. You will regret you were born, you rats."

Asaval-Dasavali, 12-18 January

Jaba Khubua, journalist: "Nationals, you pitiful, don’t you dare to move your hand and create bloodshed in Georgia, or the Georgian people will run with your burnt bodies in the streets of Tbilisi!" 

Saqinform, 15 January

Gia Korkotashvili, radio anchor: "A Georgian man will spill the last drop of his blood, but not let the Nationals to come back. If a civil war starts, the country won’t retreat, but will free itself from the Nationals and the cohabitating Dream. Blood will be actually spilled!"

Charlie Hebdo – justification of violence

Asaval-Dasavali, 12-18 January

"We are not Charlie Hebdo! We are „Asaval-Dasavali“!"

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 15 January

Vazha Otarashvili, Patriots’ Alliance: "If they make such an insulting cartoon about our fathers, I am not even talking about the Father in Heaven… I may do to them even something worse than what happened to that 12 journalists… I would put down not 12, but 12 thousand journalists."

Geworld.ge, 14 January

Giorgi Kordzadze, author: „I am not shocked by this murder! My human nature cannot pity that spiritually corrupt, degraded cretin... On 7 January the patience ran out and the blasphemers of God and the holy things got an adequate response!”

Kviris Chronika, 12-18 January

Nikoloz Mzhavanadze, The Rights’ Defenders’ Union: "I warn those people, do not play with fire! Our society will not allow the cartoons of the Holy Motherand Jesus… We shall not allow this in Georgia!"

The Rights’ Defenders’ Union: "...I advise some ill people, don’t even think about doing something like this! Those who will go against the Georgian people will be strictly punished."

Alia, 16-19 January

Misha Gomiashvili, actor: "... No less crime is committed by the people who know what a terrible thing may be the result of their statement, their behavior, and despite this still provoke the terrorists "...

Religious feelings

Netgazeti, 17 January

Statement of the Patriarchate: "Just like lynching and terrorism cannot be justified, whatever the motives, it is also unacceptable and reprehensible to insult in any form the sacred things of the Muslims or any religion. Results of such actions can be catastrophic not just for some country, but for the whole region and even the world, and this must be fully understood by everyone."

Alia, 13 January

Gia Khukhashvili, expert: "Terrorism is reprehensible, but on the other hand, insulting religious feelings is unacceptable in the modern world. In all countries, including ours, it is a crime and it won’t remain unanswered...

What the French press did must not become a fashionable tendency, it is very dangerous. The march that took place in France can be understood by some, that drawing these cartoons is good, and it may become a global tendency. Even pseudo-liberals in Georgia may get unhealthy wishes, which will stimulate the threat of terrorism to move from the virtual world into reality." 

Asaval-Dasavali, 12-18 January

Jaba Khubua, journalist: "The so called liberasts and defenders of sexual minorities have launched another dirty wave against the Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II...

Sandro Bregadze, Deputy Minister of Diaspora Issues:These are not separate outrages by Vacharadze, or Ninia Kakabadze, or other people with sick mentality, this is a well-organized and financed campaign against our Church and Patriarch."

Asaval-Dasavali, 12-18 January

Lado Sadghobelashvili, Free Generation: "Irakli Vacharadze is a modern Tutberidze-like creature, and like his predecessor this rascal creature is an enemy of the Church and the Orthodox religion… I, like a regular Orthodox Christian, demand – do not let such creatures insult my religious beliefs. Irakli Vacharadze, do apologize! Beg for forgiveness! Otherwise you can consider Identoba as non-existent!"

Saqinform, 12 January

Arno Khidirbegishvili, Editor-in chief of Saqinform:"It is bad that Georgia and the world are silent when they insult Orthodox Christianity and Islam, Jesus, Mohammed and Ilia II, but scream about violations of rights of sectants and libertarians!"

Asaval-Dasavali, 12-18 January

Ninia Fell Down!

Dito Chubinidze, journalist: ... “Journalist” Ninia Kakabadze has been working for a long time as a supporter of blasphemers, so called sodomites and such, and, like they say sometimes in Georgia, she is done anyway, but this time Ninia did too much and fell down...

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 12 January

Nino Ratishvili, anchor: "So they [Irakli Vacharadze, Idetoba] can insult our feelings and we must sit silently… If they are met somewhere by some drunk Tbilisi lads, or Georgian lads, who have the faith and who respect the patriarch of Georgia – God forbid, 

but will only that lads be to blame?.. There is such provocation from their side."

TV viewerIrakli Vacharadze did evil just like the one by that cartoon drawers. You said correctly, what if someone reckless meets him."

Religious discrimination

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 17 January

TV viewer: "Some part of Georgians became members of the Jehovah’s sect, and these people hinder the feeling of being Georgian, the process of development, which our ancestors achieved trough great deeds. I don’t know, who can give them the right direction for their thinking and development."

Xenophobia

Rustavi 2, 12 January

Mikheil Saakashvili, former President of Georgia: "...And whom are they giving it to [building of Batumi Technical University]?! To the Chinese! I am asking – are not these the people who had been talking for such a long time that we gave everything away to the foreigners?! Turning the sourse of Georgian education into a usual Chinese hotel, in the center of Batumi, in the best place on boulevard"...

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 15 January

[from the archive]

Zviad Gamsakhurdia, former President of Georgia: „The Abkhaz people never existed historically… The Abkhaz people where Georgian people, West Georgian people. And the old Christian Abkhazs, Georgian Abkhazs, do not exist today… Apsua are a North Caucasian Circassian tribe... If this tribe or tribes understand this, we shall help them, but with the condition that they restore historical justice and give us our land, and establish themselves where they came from.“

Geworld.ge, 14 January

Jaba Zhvania, author: „Because of Saakashvili’s anti-Georgian policies, we had visa-free regime with about 170 Islamic countries of Africa and Middle East (as a result of which Tbilisi became a city of the Arab brothels), the “chief” used last days of his presidential term to give Georgian passports to thousands of the Muslim citizens of Turkey.“

Geworld.ge, 14 January

Victor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary: “The Hungarians do not want to see in their country a minority that differs from the local population by its cultural traits ”.

Armenophobia

Geworld.ge, 15 January

Jaba Zhvania, journalist: „Some Armenian political forces and official Yerevan are still anxious about the idea of Greater Armenia, and look at the Georgian lands like hawks, this is well known to the large part of our society.“

Alexander Abdaladze, Armenologist: „Armenian circles always wanted to take over Georgia, they wanted to restore the so called Greater Armenia, which did or did not exist, 

and this was supposed to happen at the expense of the Georgia territories...

Echmiadzin always actively participated in the implementation of anti-Georgian schemes... If any church is proved to had been actually built by Armenians in Georgia, it must become a museum, not a functioning church, since the more functioning Armenian churches are here, the more actively will Armenians try to establish their ideology here.“

The issue of Armenian religious buildings

Based on Interfax news agency, Georgian media (Interpressnews, Reportiori, Netgazeti, Pirveli, Geworld.ge, Rezonansi, afternoon news programs of Rustavi 2 and Imedi) spread unverified information that Armenia requested UNESCO to recognize 450 churches in Georgia as Armenian ones.The media outlets did not contact representatives of Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia or UNESCO in order to verify this information before publishing it. The Interfax information includes a comment by a representative of the administration of the President of Azerbaijan, who accuses Armenian historians of falsifying history.

Later, denial of this fact by the Armenian Church was disseminated by Pirveli news agency, Rezonansi newspaper and Interpressnews agency in its press digest section, but the original unverified information is still accessible on their web-sites.

The Public Broadcaster story aired in the 8-o’clock Moambe tells about an address to the Prime Minister of Georgia, in which Armenian diocese demands clarification of the origins of 442 historical buildings, though the story also does not present the position on this issue of the Armenian diocese itself.

Unfounded statements about ethnic identity

Saqinform, 15 January

Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili is called by Armenian surname “Saakyan” in the two news of Saqinform.

Homophobia

Asaval-Dasavali, 12-18 January

Dito Chubinidze, journalist: "Mamuka Khvedeliani exposed as a sodomite "...

Kviris Chronika, 12-18 January and Geworld.ge, 13 January

Gela Zedelashvili, journalist: "We cannot ask anything from the chief of the sodomites Irakli Vacharadze, it seems he was not brought up in a family and that is why he is disturbed by strange ideas...

Kviris Chronika, 12-18 January

Newpost: "The list of diseases, with which people cannot get driver’s license has been renewed in Russia. Among such diseases are now faults of the gender identity, which concerns transsexuals and transvestites."

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 12 January

TV viewer: "You do not call a deases what actually is a disease. For example, deviations".

Geworld.ge, 15 January

Iakob Lezhava, author: „There were the plague and “Spanish” influenza directed against humanity... And today the colorful plague in the colors ofthe rainbow is spread over all continents in the gigantic rainbow… Everything in the nature (including alcohol and narcotics), even natural disasters, has two sides – the positive and the negative, everything, except the cigarettes and homosexuality!“..

Our “enemy” Russia prohibited propaganda of homosexuality. Would it be bad for us to adopt the same law?“

Gender discrimination

Rustavi 2, Kurieri, 14 January

Lia Madzgharashvili, the head of village Tibaani administration: "He [Otar Aladashvili, participant of the competition for the post of the head of administration] came in person and told me - you see you are a woman, so this job is not for you, a woman must not have this job, so get out of here ".

Kviris Chronika, 12-18 January

Gazeta.ua: "The author of a book “A Woman in Islam” Muhammed Kabal Mustafa thinks that a woman must be beaten so that she is tormented spiritually, not physically. There are even practical recommendations in the book. Specifically, “she must be hit in the sensitive parts of the body – stomach, breasts, face, and so on“...

Another author advises men, that in beating a wife the main thing is for a man not to get hurt." 

Anti-Western sentiments

Asaval-Dasavali, 12-18 January

Kakha Kukava, Free Georgia:Until we understand that Georgia is a pawn in the hands of the West in its geostrategic game with Russia we shall be in such a pitiful position!"

Asaval-Dasavali, 12-18 January

Gia Korkotashvili, Angry Citizen: "Look how the West and EU treat us.They put the acting President and the ex-president, who is criminally charged in Georgia, into the single pew… It is impossible to ridicule us more! Do they have to shit on our heads for us to have a feeling of protest towards them?!"

Geworld.ge, 14 January

Jaba Zhvania, author: „...Who will protect Georgia’s security: Europe which insults half the world (Muslims, Christians, religion in general) in the name of the freedom of expression, is engaged in cultural-ideological extremism, and then cannot protect its own citizens from the terrorist acts the Islamists commit in response?!Will these cowardly liberasts face the jihad that attacks our country with sword and fire?!"

Geworld.ge, 14 January

Valery Kvaratskhelia, political observer: „The mission of the NATO is invented by the people who create the situations such as the one that has just developed in France.This is America’s plan, which is trying to take over the world. And small countries like ours get sacrificed for these plans. Georgia has sacrificed a lot for the American plan… The policy that America imposes on the humanity creates the cataclysms that can involve religions too."

Hamlet Chipashvili, political observer: „The Sunni Islamic Caliphate has proclaimed as its enemies Christianity, Shiite Iran and Alawi Syria. United States have united a number of terrorist groups to fight against these religions, and not just united them, she also did them an ideological-financial-military enema to conduct their “noble” war.

Geworld.ge, 14 January

Giorgi Kordzadze, author: You, the “civilized” world, are silent when the bandits of the so called Islamic State, bred and trained by you, behead hundreds of Christians and eat the entrails of the victims to scare the “infidels”...

The filth of Charlie Hebdo is before my eyes again. I look at the victims’ “works” and think – is there a boundary to the animalization of the modern European culture? That “culture” which the Western ideologues are planting in my homeland with the help of the local traitors.“

Geworld.ge, 14 January

Dimitry Moniava, author: "It is very important now to accuse everyone who tries to hide behind the noble slogans the birth of the new European fascism, based on xenophobia and intolerance, which, sooner or later, will bring calamity to our country too.

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 18 January

Valery Kvaratskhelia, anchor: ”In the arsenal of American violence there are many weapons, but the main one is this: violence filled with lies and lies filled with violence.

The events of 9 April [1989] and what we called the national movement at that time were just a small episode created by the West in the huge operation against the USSR by the CIA...

The Americans fight against the independently created terrorist groups, or the ones that went out of their control, but they finance and strengthen the terrorist organization that are under their control.“

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 15 January

Vazha Otarashvili, Patriots’ Alliance: "This Europe unfortunately is morally corrupt, fallen and alienated from God, and we Georgia, a country of high culture, must not go along this road… We must go along the God’s road, otherwise neither America nor Europe can lead Georgia forward."

Geworld.ge, 15 January

Iakob Lezhava, author: „God bless the US government that takes care of us helps us even in the countries (by the color or not so color revolutions and anti-discrimination laws), in which I did not thinks we would ever have a voice… The colored plague – homosexuality, instead of improving humanity, threatens it with degradation and then with annihilation!"

Rezonansi, 16 January

Mamuka Areshidze, expert on Caucasus: „..During the last 3 centuries the West has been harshly exploiting the Muslim countries… In order to control these regions the West has actually started a war...

That is why the West is trying to support worsening of conflicts in the countries where oil can be gotten easily and with cheap workforce. Near Asia is just such a region for the West.“

Saqinform, 14 January

Saqinform does not rule out that American President did not participate in the “solidarity march” not because of security concerns, but he was just ashamed of flying to Paris, since the terrorist act was committed by the creations of the CIA and Pentagon – Al Qaeda militants, who punished President Holland for the statement he had made 2 days before the terrorist act.

Saqinform, 12 January

Alexey Martynov, political observer ...is sure that behind the militants who committed the bloody terrorist act against Charlie Hebdo there are American intelligence services.

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