AKHALTSIKHE LIBERATION BRIGADE AGAIN THREATENS ARMENIANS OF JAVAKHETI
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PanARMENIAN.Net
18.05.2006

May 16 threatening leaflets in Russian were disseminated in Akhalkalaki, the center of Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia mostly populated by Armenians. The leaflets that have images of a crescent and star and are signed by so-called Akhaltsikhe Liberation Brigade, literally say, "Time has come to pay for our humiliation. Recall 1915. Gevorgyan croaked, Rastakyan is the next." We remind that Gevorgyan was the surname of a young man, killed in Tsalka this March, while Rastakyan is the distorted surname of co-chair of Virk unregistered party David Rstakyan. In this regard a representative of the Council of NGOs of Samtskhe-Javakheti Khachatur Stepanyan reminded that similar leaflets were disseminated in Akhalkalaki past October. In his words, a representative of the National Security Service of Georgia in Akhalkalaki "promised to find who is threatening the population as soon as possible," however, nothing is done up to now. On his part David Rstakyan stated, "If the Minister of Interior and National Security states regarding the withdrawal of the Russian military base that he is sure he has control over the situation in Javakheti, he has to identify those, who disseminate those leaflets," reports A-Info agency. We remind that last December an anonymous source provided PanARMENIAN.Net with a video file with "the last warning" of the Akhaltsikhe Liberation Brigade. Four members of the Brigade against a background of Turkish flag read an address to the Armenians and Russians residing in the town of Akhaltsikhe of the Armenian-populated Samtskhe Javakheti region of Georgia. The address maintains the demand to Armenians and Russians to leave Akhaltsikhe immediately and go to Armenia, Russia or America otherwise the brigade members will eliminate the Armenian population of the region. "All who stand in our way will die. We will not allow mentioning of you here. The land of Akhaltsikhe will become ours soon. All who don't hear us now will regret they were born. Leave your property for us and run. You and your ancestors should remember the year of 1915 (the Armenian Genocide). Russians will not help you. Their time is up on our land. We have warned you, this is our last warning. Go and live or stay and die," the address says. After reading the address, the brigade members, shouting out Allah Akbar, burnt the flags of Armenia, Russia and the U.S.