3 injured during June 20 rally dispersal in Tbilisi granted victim status

  • Mako Gomuri, who lost one of her eyes during the June 20 rally in Tbilisi, is 19 years old. Photo: Mako Gomuri’s Facebook. 

Agenda.ge, 12 Nov 2019 - 14:36, Tbilisi,Georgia

Three civilians who received injuries during the June 20 rally dispersal in central Tbilisi have been granted victim status, the Georgian Chief Prosecutor’s Office has reported. 

One of the three is Mako Gomuri, a 19-year-old who lost one of her eyes due to a rubber bullet fired by a law enforcer on the day.

Two other people who received various injuries during the dispersal and have received the status are Omar Sekhniashvili and Mirza Liparteliani.

The Prosecutor’s Office says that the status have been granted to these individuals based on the conclusion of medical studies and after the completion of necessary investigative procedures.

As for granting the victim status to other individuals, the process is in progress and public will receive information regarding the issue when mandatory procedures are complete,” the Prosecutor’s Office said.

 The dispersal on June 20 left 240 injured. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

The rally on June 20 was sparked by the address of Russian MP Sergey Gavrilov from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker earlier the same day, during an international, religious forum.

  • 17 civilians and three police officers have been charged so far regarding the June 20 rally, including former Defence Minister Irakli Okruashvili and opposition MP Nika Melia, GYLA says. 
  • 67 law-enforcers and seven protestors have been recognised as victims.
  •  The Georgian Chief Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into police actions during the rally dispersal. 
  •  Then Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia [now the prime minister of Georgia] said in a recent TV interview that the rally became “violent” starting at 10 p.m. following “a systematic and organised” attack on the parliament building on June 20.
  • Gakharia also said that he gave the order for the rally to be dispersed after some of the demonstrators decided to storm the parliament building.
  • The dispersal left 240 injured and 305 detained.