Zaza Saralidze. Photo: Mzia Saganelidze (RFE/RL)

11 September 2018, 08:38

Father of schoolboy killed in Georgia goes on hunger strike

At the protest actions "Don't kill – together on guard of justice" in Tbilisi, Zaza Saralidze announced a hunger strike demanding resignation of the Georgian government.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the above action was held on September 10 in the central Rustaveli Avenue, in front of the parliament building; its participants demanded the resignation of the Georgian government.

On December 1, 2017, as a result of a brawl near a school in Tbilisi, two schoolboys were stabbed. One of them died on the way to the hospital, the other died later. On July 2, Zaza Saralidze, the father of one of the casualties, went on a hunger strike in the yard of the Georgian MIA, demanding to detain one of the main witnesses, whom he considered involved in his son's murder. On July 3, after a meeting with MIA bosses, he stopped his protest.

On June 6, the Georgian Parliament established a temporary investigative commission on the murder case of two schoolboys in Tbilisi. The commission revealed new circumstances of the crime. However, the father of one of the assassinated teenager believes that the commission failed to cope with its mission, and announced resumption of protests from September 10.

At the action on September 10, Zaza Saralidze announced his hunger strike demanding the resignation of the Georgian government. He stated that he intends to stay all the time in Rustaveli Avenue, in front of the parliament building, where he will go on a hunger strike until his demands are satisfied.

"Today, I'll not go away from here, and will stay here until justice is restored in our country. My specific demand is the resignation of the government. I, Zaza Saralidze, stay here – in Rustaveli Avenue and start a hunger strike until my demands are satisfied," he said, speaking at the protest action.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 10, 2018 at 10:29 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Inna Kukudzhanova; Source: CK correspondent

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