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Georgians Speak on Ukraine

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THE WORLD WATCHED AS POLITICAL PROTESTS TURNED VIOLENT IN THE UKRAINE.

THE FORMER PRESIDENT IS NOW ON THE RUN.

HE WAS OUSTED BY PEOPLE WHO OPPOSED HIS STANCE THAT THE UKRAINE SHOULD KEEP CLOSE TIES TO RUSSIA, AND AVOID RELATIONS WITH THE WEST.

THE SITUATION IN THE UKRAINE BRINGS BACK MEMORIES TO PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY OF GEORGIA.

THAT COUNTRY HAD SIMILAR PROTESTS IN 2003.

((SOT))

"The main reason was because the Georgians wanted the government to be changed. One of the reasons was we wanted to stream to the West, more than to the North, to Russia. Previous government was more oriented toward Russia and the North."

ACCORDING TO OUR VISITORS, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UKRAINE UPRISING IN 2014 AND THE GEORGIAN PROTESTS IN 2003, IS THAT THE GEORGIAN PROTESTS WERE PEACEFUL.

THE LEADER STEPPED DOWN AFTER HIS MILITARY REFUSED TO HARM PEACEFUL PROTESTERS CARRYING FLOWERS.

IT WAS CALLED THE ROSE REVOLUTION.

((SOT))

"They started protesting in the streets. Leaders of opposition were leading those people. But, thanks to God, everything was peaceful. No blood. Nobody was killed."

WORLD HISTORY BUFFS KNOW THAT GEORGIA DID HAVE A VIOLENT SKIRMISH WITH RUSSIA IN 2008.

OUR VISITORS SAY, DESPITE THAT VIOLENCE, SOME PEOPLE IN GEORGIA WANT TO IMPROVE TIES WITH RUSSIA AND NOT INSREASE RELATIONS WITH THE WEST.

((SOT))

"Sometimes we discuss which way we want to go with it. The older people. Do we want North or do we want West? The answer is just one. We want our country to be developed and everybody to be well."

OUT VISITORS TO LILLY BROADCASTING ARE LOOKING AT THE UKRAINE AND HOPING THE VIOLENCE THAT OCCURED THERE WILL NOT BE REPEATED IN THEIR COUNTRY.

IN ERIE, JOHN LAST REPORTING.###

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