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Photo: Vahe Avetian
Azeri mom in Tekali
SAD STORY OF ONE FAMILY OR WHAT DO THEY WANT FROM A PEACE ACTIVIST
"South Caucasus Integration: Alternative Start" this is how they call an initiative, that created a Center for Peacemaking in the village of Tekali, Marneuli region (the closest point to the borders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia).

Tekali process started in 2011 as a result of a joint meeting of activists, journalists, experts. Over 20 discussions about regional security, human rights and 2 art festivals have been organized in Tekali since then. One unique difference of Tekali process is that it involves representatives of different nationalities, professions, people of different ages with different political views, farmers from bordering villages, rural teachers, students and pupils, young researchers from Europe.

It is important to mention that with the understanding of peace process and civil dialogue, activists from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are constantly discussing the ways of Karabakh conflict settlement and are trying to find solutions to at least very basic domestic problems of the conflict zone.

What is the feature of Tekali? The village has a unique geographical position: it is located 70 kilometers from Tbilisi, 10 kilometers from the border checkpoint "Red Bridge" on the Georgian-Azerbaijani border and 30 kilometers from the frontier point "Sadakhlo" on the Georgian-Armenian border. Participants of the "Alternative Start" call Tekali the center of the Caucasus, and from village’s standing on the edge houses you can see the state border, Armenian and Azerbaijani positions, the trenches, dugouts and soldiers. The Georgian side of the border is free.

Surely, the implementation of the citizens' initiative would never be possible without the support of Tekali villagers, which give their homes to supporters of the peace process and dialogue for meetings. Several meetings were held in the house of Mushfig Namazov. Exactly this house is associated with free dialogue space for many participants of Tekali Process. But one, far from being fine day, dozens of law enforcement officers were “welcomed” in the family of Mushfig Namazov instead of civil activists. According to eyewitnesses, it looked like an attack.
SEARCH AND BEATING ON BEHALF OF BANK
According to Namazov’s neighbors, on November 11th of 2015, about 30 people, some of whom were in civilian clothes, while others in black uniform, broke into the house of Namazov without any documents and a search warrant. Mushfig’s 75 year old mother Etar Banat-Kizi and his wife Aygun Namazova were in the house at the time.

Despite the age, Etar Banat-Kizi remembers the details of that day. On January 29th, 2016 she remembered: Me and Aygun were at the house that day. Suddenly the yard gate swings opened, and some unfamiliar people in black uniforms entered the house. They asked for my grandson Musa, I told them I do not know Georgian. They did not even tell us who they were and what they wanted. I tried to stop them, but they pushed me so that I fell, and I was dragged. One after another, these people were entering our house with batons, when I started screaming out Aygun came as well, but she was also roughly pushed and fell too.

According to Aygun Namazovа (with whom we talked on the same day as with Banat Kizi): There were approximately 30 people. I persistently asked them who they were and what they needed, but they did not seem to hear me. Then they entered the house, and I was not allowed to go in, got beaten with batons. I heard how they inverted, opened cabinets, moved the furniture, others began to dig in the yard, can you imagine they even searched the trash cans. Began to look for something in the back yard, entered the barn, all turned out there. I did not understand what they wanted, until they started to take things out of the house.

Q .: And what did they take out?

Aygun Namazovа: I do not know, probably everything that came to hand, a TV, some tables, dishes.

Etar Banat-Kizi: In a drawer under the TV I had my pension money hidden, it was carefully wrapped, 2000 laris.

Namazov’s neighbor Karim Mammadov, who understands Georgian, tried to ask something from the people in uniform, but, instead of answers got baton blows.
Karim Mammadov remembers on 31st of January: I counted 10-11 cars near the Namazov’s house, some were with flashing lights. When I heard the noise in Namazov’s yard, I went there, went into the yard and saw how they treated an old woman, I shielded her and asked why to beat her, but they knocked me to the ground. Mansur Namazov Mushvig’s brother lives next to them and it can be said in this incident he got hit the most.

We met with Mansur Namazov after talks with Mamedov, on the same day: My home is across the street, a little farther from my brother's house. I was standing outside when noticed a lot of cars. I walked into the yard, it was full of unfamiliar people. Logically, when I saw my mother in such a state, I protested. I called my brother and told him what was happening. When I rebuked them for violence against older women once again and protested, aggressive-minded people insulted me first verbally and then physically.

Here we temporarily interrupt the story of Mansur Mamedov, to introduce you the application of Mushfig Namazov, with which he appealed to the Georgian State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality Paata Zakareishvili in December last year due to the events that have taken place in his family that day and subsequent events:

"I bring to your attention that I am an ethnic Azeri and live with my family at the above mentioned address. Officers of the Executive Bureau of police broke into my house in the village of Tekali Marneuli region, on November 11th, 2015 and raided the whole house. They inflicted physical and verbal (including ethnic) abuse to my brother Mansur Namazov, knocked him down and handcuffed. They used force and other illegal acts towards my mother, who is 75 years old, causing her multiple injuries. When the executive police broke into my house, I was in Marneuli, and as soon as I got the call, immediately went back to the village. I saw indescribable barbarity and immediately asked for help from the police, particularly, I called 112 on my mobile phone and demanded police intervention, because I did not know who they were. These persons used verbal and physical abuse to my family members. I also need to note that I called 112 twice, they saw that I called the police, the situation neutralized, and soon subdivision employees of our district police arrived. They told me that if I called 112, I should go to the police for the purpose of testifying. I obeyed the police request and went with them to the department. After they took me to the police, the same people made violence against my family for the second time; they invaded my home and took things out of the house. It was at this time, when they knocked my brother Mansur Namazov on the floor of and handcuffed him restricting his freedom. Here I should mention that my mother started to feel bad, they called ambulance, and in the evening, we transported her to Marneuli district hospital because of her health state and she received medical treatment. The most interesting and outrageous is that the management of MIA of Marneuli region began investigation against my family under "resisting the police". Based on this, a Marneuli Police investigator Bethke Gerliani interrogated me, two of my sons and my brother as witnesses. I want to categorically declare that there was no resistance from our side, we didn’t even know who they were, because they didn’t give any explanation about it. Members of my family have suffered physically because of their illegal actions, they also broke the house doors and things. I wonder what kind of resistance we could make towards 25 armed people. We are in a dire situation, and I'm asking you to help us. I really hope that the truth is never lost, and I'm sure it will be so in this case. My mother is a 75-year-old woman, she is in a serious condition, her pressure drops every day, and she needs medical attention. The investigation also forbade me to cross the border of Georgia. I often had to travel to Azerbaijan, and I kept the whole family thanks to my small business. Today I am limited in this as well, despite the fact that I am neither a suspect nor an accused. We were strongly oppressed, and at the same time they completely illegally started investigation against us. In the matters of real criminals no legal action has been taken. The investigation unlawfully restricted my right to move. According to the Georgian Constitution, every citizen has the right to free departure from Georgia. There is no law allowing the restriction of movement for the witness. I look forward to your objectivity and impartiality, I hope you will learn my case and provide me with legal assistance. Based on the above, I ask you to take the measures envisaged by the law and restore my violated rights within your competence."

Mansur Namazov confirmed that he really was handcuffed, put in the car, taken to Marneuli, where almost two hours was kept in this state at the district courthouse.
Mansur Namazov: "I asked the police why I was arrested and handcuffed. They said, “For providing resistance to the police.” But I did not commit anything like that. Moreover, they kept me in the car for 2 hours, handcuffed in the center of Marneuli. They left me alone and left for some time, then came back and said they will write me a fine of 2,000 lari for resisting police if I do not recognize my guilt in court, and if I do recognize that the penalty will be 250 lari. I told them that I did not resist, I did not even know who they are, and so that was unacceptable to me."

Individuals that broke into the house Namazov, were members of the Ministry of Justice executive police. It becomes clear from Mansur Namazov’s act of detention (act N 000011).

Act is being signed by the chief executive of Police Alexander Metopishvili that calls "repeated disobedience to the lawful demand of the executive police officer during the performance of his duties” as a motive detention. However, in the same act Metopishvili notes that "the detainee, refused to sign and adopt the act for unknown reasons."

Mansur Namazov: "I did not sign because I did not agree with the act of accusation, I didn’t provide any resistance to anyone."

However, on the same day, 11th November, the trial (Judge Ivane Glonti), as stated in the judgment, "Mansur Namazov acknowledged the act of fact of the administrative offense, explained that there was a misunderstanding, and asked the court to reduce the amount of administrative fine ".

Mansur Namazov: "They left me no other way, the judge relied entirely on the witness and the witness was the only policeman Alexander Metopishvili".

The court laid upon Namazov payment of a fine of GEL 250 as a result.

While the unknown policemen and court were busy with Namazov’s trial, Etar Banat-Kisi was transported to the hospital. Extract from the report # 8602, issued in Marneuli hospital in the name of Etar Banat-Kisi (see the photo.): "The patient has been brought to the hospital by relatives, with complications: severe headache, dizziness, complains of pain in the right side of the sternum, according to the patient, these complaints began approximately two hours prior to hospitalization, it is noted that a policeman struck her physical abuse. " The doctor writes in the medical report "in the lower third of the right side of the sternum marked wound skin defect, bleeding."

Etar Banat-Kisi filed a complaint to the Prosecutor General Giorgi Badashvili, the Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani, the Public Defender Nanuashvili Uche, the chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights committee Eka Beselia later. The elderly woman said in a statement that by that time unknown for her and her son Mansur Namazov people ravaged her home, physically assaulted her and her son Mansur Namazov, carried out of the house furniture, a TV and a table, where she hid 2,000 GEL. Due to the incident, Etar Banat-Kisi asks recipients to react to this case.
Photo: Extract from reference # 8602, issued in the name of the Marneuli hospital Etar Banat-Kisi.
BACKGROUND
In December of 2014 Musa Namazov (son of Mufshig Namazov) took out a loan from "Finka bank Sakartvelo" in the amount of 9 thousand GEL for a period of 1 year. The guarantors were his relative Namaz Namazov and fellow townsman Elkhan Kurbanov. At the same time, Elkhan Kubanov took out a loan from "Finka bank" too, with Musa Namazov as his guarantor. That is, they both took out loans, standing as each other's guarantor. As per Musa Namazov's word and as confirmed by respective documents, he honestly fulfilled his bank duties until July 2015, but afterwards the payment schedule became inconsistent. Elkhan Kurbanov also faced problems; he was hindered by bad weather and poor yield.

The band waited a month or two then, according to the manager of "Finka bank Sakartvelo" Bagrat Pipia, the debtors were even sent a notice, but when that failed to have any effect, the bank entered the loanees and their guarantors into the debtor register and transferred the case to the Executive Bureau of the Ministry of Justice. The Executive Bureau also sent the debtors a notice in Georgian informing them about the initiation of legal process. The Bureau obliged the debtors to pay 15 thousand 572 GEL. "You are offered to willingly pay, within a period of 7 (seven) days of receiving the notice, the amount of money laid upon you. Be advised that in case of a voluntary payment you’re required to pay only the laid-upon sum and and the amount loaned by the creditor. The Executive Bureau hereby warns the debtors that in case of not fulfilling their obligations, their bank accounts will be arrested and the property will be put up for auction. Namazov family states they didn't get these warnings and even if they did, the documents were in Georgian which nobody in the family knows.

The fact that within ethnic Azerbaijanis, the ignorance of state language often causes problems with state organizations, is a separate issue. By law, the public authorities, in cases the ethnic minorities do not know the language, are obliged to communicate with them through an interpreter, especially when it comes to disputes. However, this doesn't refer to the current case. Moreover, as we have in practice, the public authority suggests that the interested party resolve the language issue a notarially. Another fact is, that at the end of 2015 the Executive Bureau began to implement the requirements of "Finca bank", Namazov Musa was ordered to pay the full amount of not only his debt, but also those of two his friends being their guarantor. Musa Namazov either before or after the aggravation of the situation, didn't acknowledge the other two credits: I,- he says, - pay for my debt, for the others ask those who took them. Namazov demanded litigation solution which wasn't considered whether by Finca bank or Executive Bureau, deciding to put the land owned by Namazov up for auction. In addition, they took Musa Namazov's impound car and sold it without notifying him.

On the 2nd of February, 2016 Musa wrote a complaint to the Chairman of the Executive Bureau Ioseb Bagaturia, saying through a translator: "I took credit in" Finca bank " which I pay in statutory form. "Finca bank" mistakenly registered two loans in my name. On this basis, the auction is illegal, and my property should not be put up for auction." Due to the high risks, rigid policy and high interest rates of banks in Georgia, many believe that you better don’t interact with banks here. And indeed, there are almost 200 thousand citizens of Georgia in the registry of debtors of the banking system, and this figure is growing daily. There are people with small debts, there are some who owe millions. However, the Executive Bureau doesn’t break into someone’s house and, moreover, no one beats anyone. Anyway, such cases are very rare, and all that happened are in the past. However, Mushfig Namazov’s family, for some reason, is an exception. On February 8th ee spoke to Mr. Bagrat Pipia, who finds the incident unpleasant and leads his own version: "Many villagers of Tekali took mortgage loans, and debt payment culture is very low in general and specifically in the village. They do not want to pay and Namazov did not pay."

To the question “if Tekali has so many debtors, why it happened that performers descended directly to Namazov’s house?”, Pipia says that the Executive Office police intended to visit different families on the day of the incident. That’s why they "stopped" (yes, this word applied Pipia) at Namazov’s house. The question “Why performers start with Namazov, who would pay his duty anyway, and not, for example, to a person who was also in debt and whose guarantor was Musa Namazov?” Pipia replied shortly, “They will go after them as well."
ANOTHER SIDE OF THE MEDAL
After Mansur Namazov was administratively sentenced on behalf of Musa Namazov, he was made to owe other debts as well, on the other hand Mushfig Namazov’s right to travel was restricted. Mushfig has applied not only to Paata Zakareishvili, Georgia’s State Minister of Reconciliation and Civil Equality, but also to the Chairman of the Parliament David Usupashvili, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights committee Eka Beselia, as well as the Public Defender Uche Nanuashvili complaining about the restriction of his rights as a citizen of Georgia. Mushfig Namazov expressed the suspicion that he is being persecuted on ethnic grounds in one of his statements.
However, in a conversation with us Mushfig Namazov calls another and, in his opinion, a more reasoned motive. "Both Yerevan and Baku are closely watching Tekali process, I am an active participant of it as well. Detractors of the peace process, people that have spy mania hang on us thousand sins, slandered and accused almost a betrayal of the nation. I am not a supporter of conspiracy theories, but what happened to my family, makes us think that there are people in our country who do not like it, at least out of respect for certain circles of the neighboring country, we are going to the village, talking about the Peace and good-neighborliness, - says Mushfig Namazov - otherwise how to explain the situation, when you are attacked in broad daylight, and the perpetrators are not punished and on the contrary the victims are being judged? ". According to him, when the powers want to do so, they can easily find a reason and the controversial bank debt, to which Namazovs do not agree, is just an excuse.

After Mushvig Namazov "disturbed" Parliament, the Government and the People's Advocate, the Prosecutor's Office became interested in his business as well and soon put the limits against him down "based on the interests of the investigation".

Among other things, Mushfig Namazov’s words about Tekali process and its active participants, such as the heart and soul of the process George Vanyan, Is far from being “favored” in Yerevan and especially in Baku, confirm the antitekali information campaigns. Moreover, Vanyan waseven threatened with physical violence.

An interested reader can look into “Google” search system and see everything himself: just type in Russian, Armenian or Azeri language "Mushfig Namazov", "Georgi Vanyan," "Alternative Start", "Tekali process" and you will see a lot of the negative, libelous materials, both the Azerbaijani and the Armenian state media (such as public broadcaster of Armenia) and of media with questionable financing. Moreover, medias in both countries were told to abandon the mutual contacts between Azerbaijanis and Armenians, and never meet Mushvig Namazov and Georgi Vanyan.

So what are Tekali civil hearings actually? The whole essence of the process was formulated by an expert from Baku Zardusht Alizadeh at a recent hearing in the Tekali, referring to a student from Yerevan who was skeptical regarding the peaceful solution of the Karabakh conflict, "Asya you can share the knowledge, ideas obtained here (in Tekali) with your friends in Yerevan, so that they will think about the importance of peace, the will popularize the peace process. For example, my Tekali friend Samvel Beglaryan is changing and I am changing, changing a lot as a result of the influence of my Georgian and Armenian friends."

In general, any phenomenon, any activity is related to specific people. This happens in the case of Tekali as well: someone actively, someone not very actively, create space together, an environment where people talk openly about how disgusting the war is and how good the Peace is, that it is bad when people are persecuted and killed on ethnic or religious grounds, and how good a multicultural environment is. Mushfig Namazov, he said, follows these principles, and that is why he was involved in the peace process of Tekali.

* * *

Georgi Vanyan talked about Tekali process as a whole, its role and importance, and if we judge him by negative articles against him, he himself needs to be protected. Interview recorded in February 12 of this year.

Q .: What can you say about the importance of Tekali process?

G.V.: Tekali process started in 2011, during a meeting of public figures, journalists and experts from the three countries of South Caucasus. Since that time Tekali held about twenty public discussions about the issues of regional security and human rights, two festivals of art. Main features of Tekali process is the variety of participants: here come people with different political views, different ages and generations, experts and professors with years of professional experience, students, people of different professions, the farmers of border areas of the three countries, rural teachers and journalists from the capital and the border villages, European researchers, students and journalists. In general, different people who share an interest or concern related to the unresolved conflicts in our region are involved in Tekali meetings. Also, they are united by a desire to meet and communicate with each other. In cases when we have the possibility to organize a civil hearing more than 100 participants gather in Tekali, and the information spreads only through some of the sites, with more than good advertising, I'm sure that a lot more people companions and friends will be interested. Tekali process provides a platform for communication, which is more accessible to everyone, than similar conferences and seminars, that are held for individual social groups or experts with a limited number of participants.

Tekali process is not a subject to political conjuncture, it is a democratic process, a process that is coming from "below", despite the political situation. Tekali is the closest settlement in Georgia to the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, and meetings and events here are held even during the military escalation in this region, and more than half of the meetings are directly devoted to discuss the possibilities of ordinary citizens to influence the situation and contribute to the maintenance of the ceasefire. The political mainstream in all three countries of South Caucasus, the government, the opposition and the expert community do not consider the discussion of the regional cooperation and collaboration important and relevant at this stage . Especially the specific non-military options and scenarios of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and Georgia the restoration of international security in the region are not being discussed. These ideas are discussed in Tekali, because, in spite of the so-called real politics, there is also a real life and human rights, a real need for everyone to live, not to die, to build a future for their children, rather than to spend every day in fear and with fear of the future. Every citizen has the opportunity to show their position, to show their solidarity with the idea of peace and cooperation In Tekali.

Tekali process is the most open process. Firstly, everyone has access to the microphone in Tekali and no one supervises and coordinates the speeches of participants in advance, everyone can express their opinion on any subject, advertise their activities and promote their ideas. At the same time, of course, Tekali respects the laws of Georgia, and any attempt to even the smallest insult or incitement to hatred is immediately being suppressed by the participants, there is no need of intervention from the organizers. Every detail of each event is being sanctified in the official website of Tekali process, each meeting can also be found in advance, and any journalist from any media, without special accreditation can operate in Tekali. The meaning of Tekali process is in its uniqueness, and today, in the year 2015-2016, it is the only open and free platform for meetings of Armenians and Azerbaijanis.

Q .: What can you say about the importance of the border areas inhabitants’ participation in the process?

G.V.: Different people are involved in the Tekali process from borders. Among them are representatives of NGOs, journalists who have participated in other regional projects, but the majority, as it is said, are the common people, who have the opportunity to meet each other for the first time in 20 years,as well as young people who see an Armenian, Azerbaijani for the first time. There are even those who go outside of their country for the first time, but live very close to the border. And people that live in borders not only see each other, but also communicate and make friends with each other.

All other projects conducted by governmental and non-governmental organizations in all three South Caucasus countries have training or purely charitable orientation. Residents of border areas of the three countries, to a greater or lesser extent, are not perceived as the residents of intersection, but the inhabitants of the outskirts, residents of the place where the world ends, they have little or no geographical and cultural benefits: trade, business and cultural ties and, especially, politics goes through the capital. Tekali process aims to raise the status of these people, to discover their cultural and social potential, but not through trainings and seminars, but through natural communication.

It should be noted that, thanks to Tekali process, the stereotype that the regions and the Georgian village with 100 percent Azerbaijani population is not safe for the citizens of Armenia was broken not only among the participants but also in the whole Armenia, the fears that the Armenians had since the Karabakh movement, about the so-called genetic hostility of our peoples, have been overcome. Not a single car with Armenian numbers passed on Red bridge before Tekali process. Especially young people from Armenia, the new generation of post-conflict times, literally experience shock when they begin to realize that fear against Azerbaijanis is pure fiction. And they understand this not in humanistic books, but in reality, after spending the whole day in the Azerbaijani houses, and communicating with locals and the participants who came from Azerbaijan.

Tekali process is a cultural revolution for the bordering areas of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Yesterday’s villagers could not even imagine that they could be allowed to go to an international meeting and to communicate with the residents of the neighboring village.

Q: And what about Mushfig in this process?

GV .: Mushvig Namazov was a member of Tekali meetings from the start. From 2011 till 2014 the meetings were held in various houses of Tekali village, a tent was constructed in the courtyard houses and the owners of the house organized a reception and accommodation, as well as a large joint dinner for all participants with the help of their fellow villagers.

During the 2012 and 2013 festivals that had been organized due to our friends and associates from Berlin, we discussed the possibility of having our own space for Tekali meetings as public events, especially film screenings, musical evenings that are not very convenient in houses. By this time a circle of key players, and especially the artists, have put a task to find a public, social platform for Tekali process, that will have more technical possibilitie and will give the opportunity to engage more people. The idea of opening the Center of the World had become more urgent. Then I had a meeting with the head of the rural community that included the village Tekali, we tried to find out if there were any areas of common land in Tekali, which we could rent for a nominal fee for our peacekeeping activities. This land was not in tech. I also asked the villagers about the sale or lease of their private plots. And at a meeting I was approached by Mushfig Namazov, he said he wanted to give a part of their land to Tekali process, and I asked him to announce it in the microphone for all participants. Mushfig is a man of few words, but it is enough just to talk to him to see why he wanted to become a sponsor of Tekali process. You can ask him why he did so too.

So 4 hectares of Mushfig Namazov’s land completed the disposal of Tekali process. Of course, we have not issued land deed because Mushvig is one of us, a member of the Tekali Council Association, a non-governmental organization, which is registered in Georgia, and the purpose of which is the development of Tekali process. Mushvig’s land is his contribution to the common cause.

I must say that when we moved the event to the land, which is located on the outskirts of the village and is very close to the junction of the borders, it added a lot of work to Mushfig and his fellow villagers of the team that helped us. Firstly, they have cleared and leveled the land, which was previously used for sowing. Secondly, every time we need a big tent for the event, we need to conduct electricity, built a temporary toilet and bring water. We currently do not have funds for the construction, but, nevertheless, it is already two years the event is being held there.

Without the support of Tekali villagers there would be no Tekali process. Of course you can theoretically argue that hospitality is inherent in all Caucasian people, but we are not talking about the traditional hospitality here. Mushfig Namazov is a strong and principled man, and the fact that today there is Tekali process, it is thanks to Mushvig Namazov, a citizen of Georgia with Azeri origin, he is a rural entrepreneur, a family father who took on a very difficult civil mission, to support the peace-building and the struggle for human rights. So here, as in everything, the will and faith in the ideals of the individual is important.

Unfortunately, the Tekali process added not only institutional care but also created such problems that require a lot of courage to overcome. And while Mushvig keeps its position, tens and hundreds of people involved in the Tekali process in the three countries will have the opportunity to meet.

Q .: Why don’t they like the process in Yerevan, Baku and Tbilisi?

GV .: Yerevan and Baku authorities did not want to see this process to started and to be continued. They, like any authority, do not like independence from them, a processes they cannot control. And that's fine. To some extent, the Tekali meetings are extra headache for the Georgian authorities, at least for the reason that they have the ability to calculate a provocation and speculation surrounding this process.

Therefore the authorities simply cannot like the Tekali process, even though several of them may be interested in, and even sympathize with this process. And then the question is not to like or to dislike. The question is how the authorities react to this process, which is not under the auspices of any one of them. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan are authoritarian regimes, and, theoretically, both of these countries are open to "prohibit" Tekali process by a variety of traditional repressive means. There is no open, enforced ban on the process today, but they apply certain scenarios to reduce the significance of this process, and they need the process to end itself, as a result of a very hidden and disguised repression trying to create a picture of the failure of this process. And the funniest part was the initial period, when the pressure on the process participants was being preceded both in Armenia and Azerbaijan in parallel, and therefore it turned the opposite effect. In the internet age, when almost all countries are in the general information field, such parallel attacks convinced the participants and the general public that this is an interesting, new and viable process.

But eventually the imbalance in the repression became apparent, first the pressure from Azerbaijan increased, and as soon as it began to wane, Armenia intensified. And now, I'm sure, the source of repression is in Armenia. Tekali process perceived as anti-imperialist, anti-Putin project at all stages. The project, which is opposed to the idea of the colonization of the former Soviet Union, in cultural terms, is an anti-Putin, antiKGB project. And the deeper and wider was the occupation of Armenia by Russia, the clearer and more insidious began reprisals against Tekali process.

Anti-democratists, powers that are steeped in corruption and abuse are prone to exhibit their entire essence with this example related to a small-scale project such as the Tekali process. They need to constantly sow apathy, disbelief, fear around themselves. Therefore, even in this particular case, their methods are KGB methods. Use blackmail to break the people, this is their task. In the last 10 years in our region, in each of the countries, in varying degrees, groups of so-called “intelligence” have been developed with different underclass elements that are financed from hidden sources. In countries such as Armenia, they being merged with the government and the so-called opposition, are the tool of occupation, they create developed organizational and business structures with a definite purpose of keeping control through provocation, fear, obscurantism.

The question is whether the Tekali process can survive in these conditions or not?
David Mchedlidze
08 - 05 - 2016
Rustavi, Georgia
Photos by author

Translated from Russian by Asya Khalatyan
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