The victims of the dispersed June 20 rally issued a joint statement regarding the amnesty bills initiated in the Georgian Parliament. The signatories of the declaration disagree in principle and condemn both amnesty bills. The ruling party and the parliamentary opposition prepared two different amnesty bills regarding the June 20 events.
“We, the peaceful demonstrators, who fell victims after the June 20 anti-occupation rally disperse, disagree in principle and condemn the amnesty bills initiated by both the ruling party and the parliamentary opposition. We expected and even predicted that the Georgian Dream would seize the opportunity to seek amnesty for a punitive operation against the June 20 anti-occupation rally, in which we, the peaceful demonstrators, suffered severe physical damage in addition to legal violations,” the signatories wrote.
The victims of the dispersed rally also criticized the opposition.
“As for the opposition bill, their initiative is a futile political attempt to maintain a moral face, which can not withstand even legal criticism,” the statement reads.
A group of victims of the June 20 rally called on the citizens, political parties, and international partners to prevent organizers and perpetrators of the June 20 riots escape political and legal accountability. Mako Gomuri, Giorgi Sulashvili, Koba Letodiani, Irakli Khvadagiani, Irakli Pavlenishvili, Vakhtang Berikashvili, Gela Chighladze, Zaza Mghebrishvili, Giorgi Buleskiria, Luka Petriashvili, Davit Khvadagiani signed the joint appeal.