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Georgians in Finland hold protest for peace at Russian Embassy


Georgians in Finland hold protest for peace at Russian Embassy
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“I could not sit at home and watch on television as my country is being bombed to ruins”, said David Inaneishvili during a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy in Helsinki on Monday.
      Inaneishvili felt compelled to organise the protest, which brought a handful of Georgians living in Finland.
     “Now it doesn’t matter who is guilty. We can think about that later. The bombing has to stop”, says Inaneishvili, holding a Georgian flag.
     He has worked as a security expert in Finland for nearly eight years, but his concern for his family back in Georgia is intense.
     “My brother is in the army. Nobody has been able to get in touch with him. I don’t know where he is.” The large man’s voice trembled, and turned his back.
     Ihaneishvili’s wife Maria Manjgaladze says that the whole war is mindless. “I watch the Georgian and the Russian news. The information is quite contradictory”, she says.
     
The small demonstration began at six in the evening, but most of those taking part arrived at least half an hour late.
     Ultimately the group numbered about 20, which is a fairly good turnout, considering that there are only about 50 Georgians living in Finland. Some came from as far away as Lappeenranta.
     There are about 27,000 Russian citizens living in Finland.
      There was no visible reaction to the silent demonstration from the Russian Embassy.


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  12.8.2008 - TODAY
 Georgians in Finland hold protest for peace at Russian Embassy

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