Because even now Georgia has a new government since last year, it is still unclear what the role of this government will be in the troubled Chiatura. So far, there hasn’t been any attention to the village. After the last strike, only one government observer was appointed as mediator. According to Roland, he has not shown himself yet to discuss any of the problems in person. The same man takes part to resolve the commotion in Georgian mines elsewhere. “In the gold mines of Kazreti whole villages ceased their work and even children are no longer going to school. The problems there are even much bigger than here, so I think he’s there somewhere.” And so it appears that the new government headed by Giorgi Margvelashvili will continue the struggle in forming a democratic Georgia. Although the president’s policy is progressive and aimed at reconciliation with the European Union and NATO, the people of Chiatura mainly desire to older times.The portrait of Joseph Stalin still hangs on the factory walls.
“Everything was better during the Soviet Union. We even had holidays. During the old times, manganese was mined effectively and our leaders used every gram of the mineral to invest in our own state. Now the companies want to make quick money and the industry is getting destroyed by that philosophy”, Roland says as he shows a new European branded refrigerator, one of the latest investments in the building. “Perhaps under the rule of communism we couldn’t strike, but that was okay since it was not necessary. Back then, the machines were maintained and our security was important. Now I pray for my future every day. I keep on hoping for more real improvements than just a new refrigerator that keeps our lunch cold.”