In the first decade-plus following the Soviet Union’s collapse, Georgians showed themselves to be a protest-happy people. But local experts say Georgian citizens are now losing steam, with apathy taking the place of activism.
The Rose Revolution marked the high point of Georgians’ penchant for public protest. Since then there has been a gradual, but steady decline in street action. And these days, people just don’t seem to get as riled as they used to. The muted public reaction to an April 26 ruling by the European Court for Human Rights, covering the government’s handling of the investigation into the 2006 murder of 28-year-old banker Sandro Girgvliani, offers a case in point.
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Molly Corso is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.