Argument: S. Ossetians protested Georgian nationalism even during the 80s
Chapter 4 of "The Georgian - South Ossetian Conflict" - "Georgia was one of the first republics of the Soviet Union to seize the opportunity of the glasnost policy of Mikhail Gorbachev and call for independence[...]The situation at the end of the eighties was characterised by a massive wave of nationalist euphoria and political turmoil, leading to independence in April 1991. The leader of the independence movement (eventually the first president of Georgia) Zviad Gamsakhurdia, based his popularity on a nationalistic agenda. Primarily, it was directed against the imposed Soviet/Russian communist rule, but it also manifested itself as Greater Georgian nationalism at the expense of the minority groups of Georgia. In this atmosphere of heightened and often antagonistic Georgian nationalism, the South Ossetians felt threatened and began to organise themselves. Looking towards the situation in Abkhazia, the South Ossetian nationalists formed a popular front called Ademon Nykhas (Popular Shrine) and began to express their national aspirations through solidarity with the Abkhazian nationalists."