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Georgian PM says homeless being organized to occupy buildings

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 31 October 2012
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October 31, 2012

An 'occupy' movement of a different sortAn "occupy" movement of a different sort

TBILISI – Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says the occupation of buildings by homeless people might have been organized by "certain groups."

He made the charge at his cabinet's first session on October 31.

In recent weeks, there has been an increase the occupation of abandoned buildings by refugees from Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia along with other homeless people.

Those numbers increased after Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream political coalition defeated the ruling United National Movement party in parliamentary elections on October 1.

Ivanishvili recommended that the government investigate the situation.

He added that authorities should begin monitoring the squatters.

With additional reporting by Novosti-Gruziya

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