Video of political stunt goes viral in Georgia

Dec 5, 2011
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A video of Shalva Natelashvili protesting against President Mikheil Saakashvili’s politics in front of the White House in Washington, DC, has gone viral in Georgia. The video has become popular on Facebook.

 

Most of the  comments on Facebook about this video are about Natelashvili’s English or about his personality, but some some comments also consisted of self criticism:

“Instead of going to Washington he’d better to spend this money on his English lessons”

or,

“We are very strange people and we have a corresponding leader of opposition”

The video has even caught the attention of the national media and the president himself.

In Georgia, English is regarded as a sort of second language, which gives people the opportunity to have a better career and get a better education. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and independence, it replaced the Russian language.

Natelashvili is a leader in the Georgian Labor Party and known for his populism and criticism of Sakashvili. Four years ago he unwittingly took part in a satirical project put on by a German magazine where he met with the leader of a fake German political party.  Natelashvili did not know that the event was a hoax. During the elections held last decade in Georgia some 5 percent of voters supported his Labor Party.


About the Author

Elza Ketsbaia

Elza Ketsbaia has served as Transition’s country manager for Georgia for three years. She is an experienced journalist with stints in broadcast journalism at Radio Ucnobi and the Georgian Public Broadcaster. She holds a master’s degree from the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management.
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