Parliament entrance blocked, MPs not allowed in by protesters

Protestors did not allow ruling party MPs in the parliament building earlier today. Photo: 1TV., 18 Nov 2019 - 11:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

The parliament building in Tbilisi has been blocked off and demonstrators protesting the rejection of a ruling Georgian Dream party proposed election bill are not allowing MPs to enter the building.

All of the three entrances of the legislative body have been blocked since yesterday and the protestors refuse to remove the barriers “until the ruling party keeps its promise and accepts a fully proportional electoral system for 2020.”

Several MPs, including Revaz Arveladze, Gia Zhorzholiani and Merab Kvaraia, who came to parliament earlier yesterday, have not been allowed to enter the building, with protestors calling them “slaves.”

Protestors blocked the parliament building yesterday. Photo: Nino Alavidze/ 

Ruling party MP Gia Volski has stated that the United National Movement and its “daughter parties,” are trying to “develop a revolutionary scenario”.

Volski says that the opposition aims to create threats to the state budget bill which is “fully appropriate for the interests of our people.”

The rejection of the bill will be equal to treason,” Volski said.

Ruling party MPs are now gathering at the headquarters of the party for a meeting.