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Georgian Ruling Party Attack US/Europe Using Websites & Social Media

August 26th, 2021 16:15

A for­mer US ambas­sador to Geor­gia has alleged that Geor­gian Der­am, the gov­ern­ing par­ty of Geor­gia, has engaged in covert attacks on the US. ambas­sador in Tbil­isi and her Euro­pean col­leagues using web­sites and social media. Accord­ing to the For­eign Pol­i­cy arti­cle:

August 20, 2021 Some in Geor­gian Dream are car­ry­ing out what amounts to state cap­ture, con­cen­trat­ing pow­er and wealth in the hands of a small group of elites, at a time when the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic is rag­ing in the coun­try  and hurt­ing the econ­o­my, with GDP drop­ping by 6.2 per­cent last year. Geor­gia has record­ed a half mil­lion cas­es and more than 6,500 dead, a pos­i­tiv­i­ty rate of 10.4 per­cent, and only sev­en per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed. Bor­row­ing a page from the play­book of illib­er­al regimes like those in Moscow and Min­sk, Tbil­isi has also begun lash­ing out at the West. In late 2019, Face­book removed fake accounts, all traced to Geor­gian Dream, that expressed anti-West­ern sen­ti­ments, some of which were specif­i­cal­ly anti-Amer­i­can. More recent­ly, web­sites and social media accounts linked to Geor­gian Dream have launched unprece­dent­ed attacks on the U.S. ambas­sador in Tbil­isi and her Euro­pean col­leagues any time they have voiced crit­i­cism of Geor­gian Dream or the gov­ern­ment, in an effort to silence such criticism.

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Geor­gian Dream – Demo­c­ra­t­ic Geor­gia is the gov­ern­ing par­ty of Geor­gia. The par­ty was estab­lished on 19 April 2012 by the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man and politi­cian Bidz­i­na Ivan­ishvili. It was the lead­ing par­ty of the six-par­ty Geor­gian Dream polit­i­cal coali­tion which won the 2012 par­lia­men­tary elec­tion. The par­ty cur­rent­ly holds 84 seats in the 150-seat Geor­gian par­lia­ment, an absolute majority.

For back­ground on the con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing Geor­gian Dream, go here.