The EU Delegation to Georgia posted a statement by EU Ambassador Carl Hartzell. The Ambassador commented on the April 9 tragedy and the Day of National Unity in Georgia.
“9 April is the celebration of the restoration of Georgia’s independence! Georgia paid a high price on this day in 1989, and it rests on everyone to honour this legacy,” EU Ambassador, Carl Hartzell, wrote on Facebook.
On April 9, 1989, the Soviet Army brutally dispersed the anti-Soviet peaceful protest at the Parliament building in Tbilisi. Twenty-one peaceful protester was killed, hundreds were injured and poisoned by some unknown gas.
Two years later on the same day, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia proclaimed Georgian sovereignty and independence from the Soviet Union. April 9 is the Day of National Unity.