Georgia: Pink Stalin

Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia and his political team – United National Movement have been very tough on soviet symbols in Georgia. During their parliamentary rule a law was passed that required all soviet symbols to be taken down from public buildings. They also removed monuments of Stalin from Gori (Stalin’s hometown) and other parts of Georgia. After the October 1, 2012 parliamentary election, when Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream came to power elderly citizens of Georgia began to re-erect Stalin’s monument in various parts of Georgia. For example in this video called “Glory to big Stalin” people say what a great person Stalin was and what great things he has done:

This fact has upset the other part of Georgians who decided to fight against resurrection of Stalin monuments by painting them pink. And this is the result:

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Stalin monument in Village Alvani, Kakheti region.

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Stalin monument in village Akura, Kakheti region.

Stalin monument in village Kiketi, near Tbilisi

Stalin monument in village Kiketi, near Tbilisi

A Facebook page called Pink Stalin has been created calling everyone to join them in painting Stalin’s monuments wherever they are. In addition to that the Ministry of Internal Affairs has issued a statement saying that the it is investigating these cases. As a result of this statement many Georgians recorded a video of themselves saying “I painted Stalin’s monument”

It seems like this guerrilla movement is getting viral so expect more in coming days.

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