Zaza Saralidze. Photo by Inna Kukudzhanova for the Caucasian Knot

12 September 2018, 18:17

Father of schoolboy killed in Georgia resumes his hunger strike

Today, Zaza Saralidze, hospitalized from the place of his hunger strike, has returned to the building of the Georgian parliament, demanding resignation of the government.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on September 10, Zaza Saralidze went on a hunger strike near the Georgian parliament, along with other participants in the action "Don't kill – together on guard of justice" demanding resignation of the government. On September 11, policemen did not allow the protesters to set up tents on the city's central avenue. During the conflict with the police, Zaza Saralidze lost consciousness and was taken to hospital.

The protests in Tbilisi related to the murder of two schoolboys began on May 31. Protesters said that investigators tried to shelter the murderers. The Parliament of Georgia had set up an interim inquiry commission; and protests were suspended. However, since September 10, they resumed, since Zaza Saralidze was not satisfied with the commission's conclusions.

This afternoon, Zaza Saralidze returned to the parliament building and announced the continuation of his hunger strike with a demand to punish those guilty of killing his son, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports.

"Now, I feel fine; as I think, yesterday I felt bad because of diabetes and hunger strike; but I resume it, despite the doctors' ban, I have nothing more to lose," Saralidze said on air of the "Rustavi-2" TV Company.

According to his story, the demands remain the same – resignation of the government and creation of an interim government, whose mission should be the organization of the early parliamentary elections. The protest action and the hunger strike will continue until those guilty of his son's murder are punished, Zaza Saralidze has explained.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 12, 2018 at 02:59 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Inna Kukudzhanova; Source: CK correspondent

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