Opposition supporters are gathering for a rally in front of the Parliament. Photo by Beslan Kmuzov for the Caucasian Knot

16 July 2019, 10:48

Opposition brings people to Tbilisi streets again

The protests in front of the building of the Georgian parliament will not stop until the main demand is fulfilled, that is the resignation of Georgian Interior Minister Giorgi Gakhariya, state participants of the rally in Tbilisi.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 20, the protest actions began in Tbilisi after Sergey Gavrilov, a member of the Russian State Duma, took the chair of the speaker of the Georgian parliament at a meeting of the parliamentary Orthodox assembly. That fact provoked dissatisfaction of some MPs who were encouraged by opposition supporters. Law enforcers dispersed the protesters in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi. The Georgian Ministry for Public Health reported about 240 hospitalized people, and the MIA ‑ about the detentions of 305 protesters, some of whom were subjected to administrative arrests.

At 7:00 p.m. local time on July 15, a new rally took place in front of the Georgian parliament building in Rustaveli Avenue. About 200 people took part in it, but later, the number of participants increased, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reported from the place.

The main demand of the protesters remained the same: the resignation of Georgian Interior Minister Giorgi Gakhariya.

The rally participants told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent that they were not tired of attending the rallies.

"I was not tired of coming to rallies. Three persons had their eyes knocked out, but the guilty persons are still not punished. How can anyone be tired in such a situation? I came and I will come," said Saba, a 25-year-old resident from Tbilisi.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 16, 2019 at 04:16 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Beslan Kmuzov; Source: CK correspondent

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