Georgian Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri arrived at parliament amid skirmishes.
The tension mounted as the opposition members took the podium when Minister was offering condolences to the late cameraman’s family. They held the pictures of the late cameraman and PM to demand his resignation.
Shocking footage from @Geoparliament. Opposition MPs unfurled protest posters (demanding resignation of @GharibashviliGe) before MIA minister Gomelauri’s speech. @GeorgianDream41 authorities physically dragged opposition MPs (particularly women) from Gomelauri’s tribune. #Shame pic.twitter.com/wIUtSBr0Qs
— Shame Movement (@Shamemovement) July 18, 2021
United National Movement member Tina Bokuchava also tried to take the Speaker’s seat but the MPs did not let her.
On top of that, media representatives hung a banner from the balcony of the plenary session hall with the caption “Take Political Responsibility.”
Due to tension, Parliament Speaker announced a technical break.
Minister Gomelauri arrived at parliament to address the MPs over the July 5-6 events.
Fifty-three journalists were injured during July 5-6 violence, one of whom passed away on July 11.
TV Pirveli cameraman Lekso Lashkarava, 36, died six days later after being severely beaten by a far-right mob during the anti-Tbilisi Pride rally on July 5.