Anti-occupation rally to continue in Tbilisi after two different rallies ended peacefully yesterday

Two rallies were held at the parliament building yesterday, with different demands. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 09 Jul 2019 - 14:38, Tbilisi,Georgia

Anti-occupation demonstrations will renew for the 20th day today at 7 p.m. with the demand of the resignation of Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharaia, after anti-occupation and anti-LGBT rallies ended peacefully at the parliament building of Tbilisi yesterday.

Demonstrators protesting the Russian occupation of Georgian territory say that today they will be allowed to take the previous location in front of the parliament building as no anti-LGBT rally is scheduled to take place.

The anti-LGBT (l) and anti-occupation rallies on Rustavely yesterday. Photo:Nino Alavidze/

They were unable to take the place yesterday  as anti-LGBT rally members occupied the site earlier and stayed there until the morning as they were demanding the arrival of Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze and a promise from him that the anti-discrimination law will be annulled.

Talakvadze did not appear to speak with demonstrators.

Members of anti-LGBT movement shoting "Georgia". Video by

Minor incidents took place, mostly verbal disputes. However, police managed to ensure peace during the rallies.

Law enforcers formed a wall between the two rallies to prevent incidents.

Anti-LGBT rally took place shortly after the organisers of Tbilisi pride wrote that their march would be held on July 8.

Clerics read prayers at the rally, saying that no LGBT march must take place in Georgia. Video by

Later they cancelled the event. However, during the rallies in central Tbilisi several of LGBT supporters came to the headquarters of Georgian Interior Ministry in the outskirts of the city to march.

There was a threat that a clash might have taken place between the members of the two different rallies at parliament, as many opposing Tbilisi Pride said that LGBT supporters were among the demonstrators protesting occupation.

The song at the anti-occupation rally  mentions Interior Minister Gakharia, saying that when Georgia receives bullets, Gakharia is happy. 

The Tbilisi protests were sparked by Russian MP Sergey Gavrilov who addressed the audience gathered for the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker in Tbilisi on June 20.

Police dispersed a rally protesting the developments in the Georgian parliament with the use of force the same evening, as groups of demonstrators tried to storm the parliament building.

240 were injured during the dispersal, with two people losing one of their eyes, which why demonstrators are demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Gakharia.