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US was responsible for clashes in Georgia that left 20 people dead

Summary of Disinformation

When recollecting April 9, we should know who its real inventor is; it was the United States who was fighting for dissolution of the Soviet Union and what happened then aimed at inciting confrontation between the nations… That coup did not happen as we think, with the help of the Soviet Union and Russia, but actually the United States and the West contributed to it. It is difficult to convince people of it, because there are no facts… What was being done on behalf of Russia and what was so painful for us was actually coming from the West.

Disinformation message to be found in the Myth Detector debunk: mythdetector.ge/en/myth/obieqtivi-tv-blames-us-april-9-tragedy?fbclid=IwAR212lx2BhkuxY58IhTcwGbvwoRIvYDSwN8qy7muTr3gtmzsCCYgDCG_uFM,

There is no evidence for the claim, as admitted by the TV host himself.

On April 9, 1989, troops of Soviet interior ministry were sent to disperse a demonstration for Georgian independence and against separatism in Abkhazia in front of the Georgian government building in Tbilisi. The order came from the First Secretary of the Georgian Communist Party, Jumber Pastiashvili. The troops advanced, backed up by armoured personnel carriers, and attacked the demonstrators with clubs and sharpened spades. Potent crowd-control gases were also used. The clashes left 20 people dead and over 4000 required some medical help. Read more on BBC.

The Obieqtivi TV host is trying to remove the Soviet Union’s responsibility for the  tragedy and instead to lay the blame on the United States through counteraccusations, thus diminishing the significance of the tragedy itself.

Further debunking by Mythdetector.

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Reported in: Issue 128
Date: 24.11.2018
Language: Georgian
Country: US, Georgia
Keywords: Protest, Historical revisionism
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Obieqtivi TV
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