Protests organized by “It’s a Shame” movement decided to end their rallies today three months after the so-called “Gavrilov Night.”
According to organizers, the government slapped a new challenge to the public by appointing Giorgi Gakharia, former Minister of Internal Affairs on the post of Prime Minister.
The movement today will present a new action plan on how to weaken the ruling Georgian Dream Party before the 2020 parliamentary elections.
“We should continue struggle so that 2020 elections are held in a free and transparent environment without any pressure and fear,” Giga Makarashvili, one of the organizers 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 then Minister of Internal Affairs and current Prime Minister 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.