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    ABASHIDZE CALLS ON ADZHARIAN PEOPLE TO GO OUT ON STREET DEMONSTRATIONS

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    MOSCOW, 14 March, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent/. -Adzharian leader Aslan Abashidze has called on Adzharia's population to go out on street demonstrations to prevent a possible bloodshed that may occur in the wake of the current crisis in the autonomy's relationship with Tbilisi.

    "This is the only way to resolve the crisis peacefully, given the limited choice of options at out disposal," Abashidze said in response to a question asked by RIA Novosti at a press conference in Moscow.

    According to the information at the Adzharian leadership's disposal, the Georgian authorities have brought together about 100,000 people from different regions of Georgia and instructed them to go to Batumi and stage riots there similar to the ones organized in Tbilisi immediately before Shevardnadze's resignation.

    "We decided that the population must go out on street demonstrations to sober up these irresponsible forces. They will sober up when they face common people, the people just like themselves," the Adzharian leader said.

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