Coalition's statement on Georgia's Independence Day!

26 May, 2022

For Georgia, May 26 is not only a symbol of independence, but also a symbol of the democratic and European idea. The first Georgian state, the Democratic Republic of Georgia, founded on May 26, 1918, was based on the main values of modern Western civilization - democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

During the decades of occupation, the Soviet propaganda machine systematically erased, destroyed and distorted the memory of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, and specifically its main achievement - successful European and democratic statehood. While one of the most brutal and totalitarian systems in history was being formed in Russia, freedom of speech and assembly, freedom of conscience, and free and competitive elections were fully protected in Georgia. Along with political competition, the parties still managed to cooperate and Georgia achieved full-fledged international, or de-jure, recognition.

In 1921, as a result of several waves of repressions, shootings and deportations that began immediately after the occupation of Georgia, the occupation regime almost completely destroyed the generation that was creating the Democratic Republic of Georgia. At the same time, Russia erased the period of 1917-1921 from the chronicles of history, painting it as an insignificant event and introducing ugly stereotypes about the founders of the first republic into the collective memory. Devaluing the experience and success of the Democratic Republic of Georgia is still a cornerstone of Russian propaganda.

That is why, today, May 26, it is important to remember not only the sacrifices made by the Georgian people in the struggle for independence, but also to spread the correct historical facts and take effective steps in the fight against misinformation.

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