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Media - 12:25 / 5 October 2016

UNM Condemns Terrorist Act Against its MP

October 5, 2016 TBILISI | United National Movement, Georgia’s main opposition party is condemns in strongest terms the explosion of car of one of its leaders and a prominent MP Givi Targamadze that took place downtown Tbilisi few minutes ago. Mr Targamadze has suffered contusion and has narrowly escaped death.

The explosion – which bears all signs of a pre-planned terrorist act – is a major escalation of the already deteriorating election environment. The pre-election period has been marred with string of violence against opposition, including shooting at an opposition independent candidate in Gori, multiple violent disruptions of opposition campaign events and, most importantly, Government’s policy of impunity of perpetrators.

Mr Targamadze has been a staunch fighter for Georgia’s sovereignty and the erosion of its national security apparatus vis-à-vis Russia since 2012. Mr Targamadze has also been targeted by the Russian Federation itself which has already convicted him for alleged coup attempt there. At home, Mr Targamadze has been particularly targeted by the State Security Service deputy chief Ioseb Gogashvili who is de facto boss of the service and accountable to oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili.

We do not accuse anyone directly until evidence has been presented in the court of law. However, what happened is a result of climate instigated by Mr Ivanishvili’s governance. Refusal of the Government of Georgia to punish perpetrators of violent attack on UNM leaders in Kortskheli - with the perpetrators appearing on Georgian Dream campaign events, next to its leaders – as well as shooting at an independent candidate in Gori in addition to numerous other violent incidents and their impunity have created very dangerous election environment in the run up to the elections.

As only three days are left before the elections the Government’s constant talk of bloodshed and coups indicates the dangerous course its leader Bidzina Ivanishvili has chosen and is aimed at instigating fear among voters. Despite all this UNM remains focused on its election platform and intends to defeat Georgian Dream in peaceful elections and implement its election programme without political retribution.