All vs all: Georgia is a new wave of protests

Все против всех: Грузию захлестнула новая волна протестовIn the capital of Georgia for several days of raging protests. Activists demand the resignation of the interior Minister of the country, the ban of LGBT events, as well as an apology from the leadership of the TV channel “Rustavi 2” after the scandal with the insult of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In addition to the participants of protest actions in the city centre are law enforcement officers trying to restrain the crowds of disgruntled citizens, but it does not protect against hassles.

Georgia was swept by a wave of protest demonstrations. So, in the night from 8 to 9 July in Tbilisi have been four not related to each other shares. In this case two groups of protesters were located in one area of the city that caused the collision.

In the city center on Rustaveli Avenue outside the Parliament, protesters have gathered against the gay pride parade, which is scheduled to be held in Tbilisi, reports “Sputnik Georgia”. There came radical men, intending to prevent the holding of “immoral” activities. The main part of them are members of the clergy and members of NGOs, from Monday demanding a ban on all LGBT activities.

Earlier, representatives of the LGBT community planned a rally on 8 July, but the March was cancelled.However, the organizers did not abandon the idea of holding a “March of dignity” in a different time.

Supporters of the LGBT March also came in town for a demonstration. They came with flags and appropriate symbols to the interior Ministry building on the outskirts of the city.

In the same area in Liberty square is an action demanding resignation of the interior Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia, which had previously protested outside the country’s Parliament. Rally participants demand to send the official to resign for a hard crackdown of opponents of the ruling party “Georgian Dream” during the “anti-Russian” protests on 21 June.

While different groups, the protesters in Tbilisi, are fighting each other for a place.

“We must return to our place in front of the Parliament, and the authority that solves a lot”,

— said one of the participants of the rally demanding the resignation of interior Minister Anna chocheli in an interview with RIA “Novosti”.

Near the Parliament and are law enforcement officers trying to restrain the crowds of disgruntled citizens. They put a police cordon and blocked the road to separate protesters; however, they still had collision.

It is noted that the representatives of one of the camps of protesters were injured in clashes. The participants of the protest against the interior Minister, tried to break through a police cordon, but this has only led to fights and injuries.

Another protest action is near the office of “Rustavi 2”. Activists demand an apology from the journalist George Gabunia channel, which broadcast the author’s program “PS” insulted the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

On Sunday evening, July 7, starting ether, Gabunia asked in Russian to Putin. For almost a full minute the journalist had insulted the head of state and his dead mother and father, using rude expressions.

In Russia in response to the speech of the presenter called to initiate a criminal case against the Georgian journalist. Many citizens of Georgia also condemned the behavior of the media. For unacceptable actions Gabunia removed from the ether for two months, but then will continue work on the channel.

After the incident with the swearing in address of the President of Russia with Rustavi 2 started to quit staff. The cameraman Levan Margvelashvili in protest, tore up his press card during a spontaneous meeting. He explained that they do not want him and his family members insulted. Channel left another employee — Levan Rostamani, who worked on one of the most popular series in the country.

At the same time Vladimir Putin is not going to respond to the actions of the journalist. He said that a criminal case under the article of insult of state will make a host of the channel “much honor”.

Rallies on different occasions — part of the Georgian political culture since the time of perestroika in the Soviet Union. Then in Tbilisi and other cities of the country have passed mass actions — both for and against the government. Many of them were made by the speakers, who later made himself a name in politics. “Early in the Tbilisi rallies the speakers were well-known figures of culture and art, basically calling for freedom from censorship,” wrote in one of his works about the region, Soviet and American sociologist and writer George Derlugyan.
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