Skip to comments.Georgia says soldiers rebel, accuses Russia
Posted on 05/05/2009 5:03:26 AM PDT by Loyalist
TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia sent tanks to a military base near the capital Tbilisi where it said a rebellion was under way on Tuesday and accused Russia of financing a coup.
There was no official reaction from Moscow and it was unclear how many were involved in the uprising at the Mukhrovani base, home to several hundred soldiers, or what its aims were.
Moscow has repeatedly said Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili might try to find ways to distract attention from opposition protests calling for his resignation.
Russia's Interfax news agency said Mukhrovani base commander Mamuka Gorgishvili had made a statement criticizing Saakashvili's government but pledging not to use force.
The president said the rebellion at the base was "a serious threat" but an isolated one. He called on Russia to "refrain from provocations."
A Reuters reporter saw around 30 tanks and armored personnel carriers moving along the main road from Tbilisi toward the base. Police would not allow correspondents to get near the facility.
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Obama was going to protest until someone told him these Georgians were all a bunch of Caucasians.
Andy: heads up.
Thanks. So far, NATO has declined to comment, as has our State Department. CNN’s coverage curiously omitted any mention of Russian involvement, even as an accusation.