Taking the speaker’s chair by Gavrilov has been an “error in protocol”, while Kobakhidze covered the team – Bidzina Ivanishvili, Chairman of Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party told journalists in Batumi city of Adjara region.
According to Ivanishvili, the former chairman of the parliament did not commit any offense, but he looked into the situation and left the mandate and the “National Movement” wants the resignation of Minister of Internal Affairs.
“Kobakhidze has not committed any crime. The “National Movement” has managed to provoke the situation. Taking the speaker’s chair by Gavrilov has been an “error in protocol”. It was not Kobakhidze’s mistake. It was followed by a fair protest from society. Kobakhidze looked into the situation, he covered the team and left his mandate. Gakharia [Interior Minister] is a better man, he will not fight for the post at all. Gakharia’s resignation, the “National Movement” wants today, means that tomorrow, they will arrive at the Parliament, and there must not be police officers there and the violators must be able to enter the Parliament’s building freely,” Ivanishvili said.
Protests in front of the parliament building at Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi have been held since June 20 in reaction to the visit of Sergey Gavrilov, a Russian lawmaker and his sitting in the parliamentary speaker’s chair during a religious assembly, which many Georgians saw as an unwelcome reminder of Russian military occupation of its breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The demand of resignation of Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Gakharia has remained unchanged of the protest in front of the parliament building since June 21 after the so-called Gavrilov Night when the protest was dispersed by the riot police with the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon. About 240 people both civilians and law-enforcers were injured during the night of June 20-21.