Rally on Rustaveli Avenue ends for now, demonstrators march to ruling party headquarters

A young participant is seen with a shirt bearing a message condemning the presence of Russian troops in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and their erecting of barbed wire administrative boundaries separating Georgian-controlled territory from the two regions. Photo: Nino Alavidez/Agenda.ge

Agenda.ge, 23 Jun 2019 - 00:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

The peaceful demonstration in front of the parliament of Georgia that followed a Russian State Duma MP speaking from the Georgian parliament speaker's chair on June 20, has resumed at 7 p.m. today. 

Composed largely of young demonstrators, the crowds are now marching on Rustaveli Avenue in central Tbilisi in a sign of a peaceful protest.Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge

Their demands remain unchanged and include: 

  1. the resignation of Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia;
  2. the release of people detained yesterday; 
  3. holding of snap parliamentary elections with proportional electoral system

They will gather again at 7 p.m. every next day until their demands are fulfilled. ​​​​​​​

Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge

June 22 rallies again feature much less participation of political leaders of the opposition, and more emphasis from common citizens and youth. 

However, after a long-day negotiations the civilians gave opportunity to some of the opposition leaders to shortly express their views, but to avoid political manipulations.