07TBILISI2804, TBILISI EMERGENCY ACTION COMMITTEE DUE TO CIVIL

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07TBILISI2804 2007-11-13 15:13 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

R 131513Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 8177
INFO AMEMBASSY ANKARA 
AMEMBASSY BAKU 
AMEMBASSY YEREVAN

UNCLAS TBILISI 002804 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
DEPT FOR DS/IP/EUR, DS/ITA/EUR 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ASEC AEMR GG
SUBJECT: TBILISI EMERGENCY ACTION COMMITTEE DUE TO CIVIL 
UNREST 
 
1.  (SBU) The Emergency Action Committee (EAC) was convened 
on November 7, 8, and 9, 2007 in response to the development 
of violence in the recent protests against the administration 
of Georgian President Saakashvili in Tbilisi.  At around 1330 
on November 7 Georgian police dispersed the peaceful, yet 
agitated, crowd of approximately 2000 people by using water 
cannons, tear gas, batons, and riot gear-equipped police. 
While the crowd which had gathered in the downtown area 
across from the Parliament building did disperse, several 
smaller, spontaneous clashes with police erupted away from 
the city center.  President Saakashvili declared a state of 
emergency as a consequence of the clashes within the city. 
 
2.  (SBU) The Marriott Hotel, a hotel frequently used for TDY 
employee accommodations, is in direct proximity of the site 
of the protests and the initial clash with police.  The EAC 
determined that all mission TDY personnel residing at the 
Marriott be identified, asked to check out, and transported 
to alternate accommodations.  In addition, a warden message 
reflecting this relocation of personnel was directed for 
dissemination. 
 
3.  (SBU) The EAC updated Post's drawdown tripwires to better 
encompass this and other possible drawdown scenarios.  They 
also reviewed Post's preparedness checklists and directed 
that all contact lists and telephone cascade lists be updated 
and tested.  The EAC also recommended a town hall meeting for 
the entire embassy staff. 
 
4.  (SBU) Since the evening of November 8, there has been 
relative calm and the Saakashvili administration has 
announced early presidential elections, which has defused 
political tensions for now.  The EAC met on Friday, November 
9 to review and discuss of events up to that time.  There 
were no new developments of security concerns reported, but 
Post continues to monitor the situation closely. 
TEFFT

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