Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Georgian military withdraws, Russians bomb civilians

in Gori, after Russian PM Medvedev "ordered" a ceasefire:
Miles away, at one of Tbilisi's main hospitals, doctors struggled to care for the wounded [from Gori], who arrived in waves throughout the day. Many were elderly. None was a soldier.
"Do you see any military people here?" asked Nikoloz Kvachatze, another doctor. "These are all civilians."
"They are punishing us," Kvachatze said of the Russians. "They are punishing us for trying to be independent."
Presidents of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia travel to Tbilisi to stand behind Georgian President Saakashvili at today's rally of 10,000 Georgian's protesting Russia's incursion into Georgia. President Saakashvili:
"Today, John McCain said Americans are supporting Georgia. He said: 'We are all Georgians today!' (crowd cheers, begins chant I cannot identify)
Despite that it is dangerous to be in Tbilisi today, I want to say that here stand the leaders of these European countries, and I want to say thank you."

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