Georgian citizens told about the reasons that prompted them to violate the border with South Ossetia

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 23:31

The State Security Committee of the Republic of South Ossetia continues to receive information about the epidemiological and socio-economic situation in the central and border regions of Georgia.

According to the press service of the department, according to official data, the total number of infected people in the country has grown to 143,376 people, 1,978 people are in quarantine, and 1,342 people have died.

“A significant percentage of the infected are medical workers - in just one day in Georgia, 308 doctors were infected with the coronavirus. Since November 28, strict restrictions have been introduced in Georgia: a curfew has been imposed, regular intercity communication on public transport, including the metro, has been prohibited, shopping facilities, restaurants, cafes have been closed, and the work of winter resorts has been suspended.

Protest actions are taking place in all regions of Georgia. Residents of the cities of Tbilisi, Rustavi, Batumi took to the streets demanding to lift the restrictions imposed, because of which they were left without a livelihood,” the KGB said.

They have noted that some Georgian politicians negatively assessed the government's strategy to establish a lockdown and predicted a serious crisis, believing that by these measures the government signed for the destruction of the country's economic life, which would lead to the collapse of state institutions.

“And the assistance offered by the Georgian authorities in the form of a one-time cash payment is not a way out of the situation, since the main burden falls on the most vulnerable layers of the population. Against this background, the already difficult situation in the Georgian villages located along the state border of the RSO with Georgia has noticeably worsened,” the KGB said.

It has been noted that over the last period the State Security Committee has recorded numerous attempts to illegally cross the border with subsequent requests from violators to the South Ossetian authorities to provide them with social protection.

“So, on November 30 in the vicinity of the village of Artseu, Tskhinval district, two citizens of Georgia, natives of the settlement were detained. Kveshi, Gori municipality and Teliani, Kaspi municipality. During the preliminary investigation, the violators named the reasons that prompted them to commit the unlawful act: this is the lack of conditions for existence, the impossibility of employment, and meager pensions. This fact once again confirms the unwillingness of the Georgian authorities to deal with the problems of their population,” the KGB stressed.

The Ministry stressed that given the complex epidemiological and socio-political situation in Georgia, it is desirable for official Tbilisi to pay due attention to the problems of border Georgian villages, whose population is left to fend for itself and forced to engage in illegal activities.

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