Parliamentary majority, minority propose separate resolutions on Tbilisi Protests

Both draft resolutions need to be voted on in the Georgian parliament. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 05 Jul 2019 - 16:26, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Dream ruling party and the United National Movement (UNM) opposition have proposed two different resolutions on the Tbilisi protests in parliament.

The resolution submitted by the ruling party focuses on the importance of respecting state institutions, laws and the right of expression. It also says that various political forces attempted to use the peaceful protests in central Tbilisi to overthrow the government.

The June 20 developments [when police dispersed the rally with the use of force] was preceded by open appeals by various politicians to the people to overthrow the government, which goes against the law,” the resolution text says.

The opposition says that the government is responsible for June 20 unrest. Photo: Nino Alavidze/

The opposition says that a "Gavrilov's List" must be created. Photo: Rustavi 2. 

The majority believes that the government has provided all measures to allow the peaceful protest of people that night.

However, when groups of demonstrators tried to storm the parliament building, police used legitimate force,” the resolution says.

The parliamentary majority states that June 20 events must be investigated in a transparent and in a timely manner, welcoming the involvement of Public Defender in the process.

The resolution drafted by the opposition urges the identification of the individuals who invited Russian MPs to Georgia and organised the session of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy in parliament, when Russian MP Sergey Gavrilov took the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker which ultimately sparked the protests. 

We also demand the identification of the officials who are responsible for the June 20 rally dispersal. In the resolution we also call upon the Foreign Ministry to make a list of the Russian politicians whose entering the country will not be reasonable,” UNM member Salome Samadashvili said.

Protests in Tbilisi were sparked after Russian MP Sergey Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker on June 20, during the 26th Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy, an international forum chaired by Gavrilov.