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Russian invasion scare sweeps Georgia after TV hoax

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Switching on their TV sets at 8pm on Saturday, Georgians were greeted with incredible news – Russia had invaded. The pro-government Imedi TV station reported that Russian tanks were once more trundling into Georgia. Not only that, but the country’s pro-western leader Mikheil Saakashvili had been murdered, the station said.

For the next half an hour there were scenes of absolute panic, as the mobile network collapsed, Georgians spilled on to the streets, and friends and relatives desperately tried to reach each other and seek out information. In fact, they needn’t have bothered.The report, it turned out, was a hoax. The Kremlin hadn’t invaded and Saakashvili, it emerged, was very much alive.

Not since Orson Welles persuaded Americans that the Martians had landed, during his hysteria-sparking War of the Worlds radio broadcast, had a whole nation been so duped.

via Russian invasion scare sweeps Georgia after TV hoax | World news | guardian.co.uk.

Strange Random Orson Welles Quote:

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch – Orson Welles

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