Opposition holds rally amid US State Secretary’s visit to Georgia

  • Demonstrators set up a live chain from the Philharmonic Hall to the Parliament hold stickers which are copies of the CEC’s summary protocols with the inscription ‘falsfied’. Citizens hold flags of Georgia and stand two meters apart. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 18 Nov 2020 - 14:28, Tbilisi,Georgia

Opposition parties which have refused to enter the parliament following the October 31 elections have held a rally in the centre of Tbilisi amid US State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s visit to Georgia earlier today.

Opposition leaders say that with the rally they on the one hand are expressing respect to Pompeo, while on the other hand speaking out about the issues of the elections.

Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Demonstrators set up a live chain from the Philharmonic Hall to the Parliament hold stickers which are copies of the CEC’s summary protocols with the inscription ‘falsified’. Citizens hold flags of Georgia and stand two meters apart. 

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo arrived in Georgia yesterday. 

He has already met Georgian PM Giorgi Gakharia, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani and Georgian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ilia II. Pompeo does not plan to meet the opposition parties.

The Secretary is here to reaffirm the United States' strong support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and to reinforce the commitment to our shared values of freedom and democracy,” announced the US Embassy Tbilisi after the arrival of Pompeo.

The US Embassy Tbilisi also noted that Pompeo will discuss efforts to strengthen Georgia's democratic institutions and emphasize the importance of free and fair elections.

Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Over 20 opposition parties have released a statement amid the US State Secretary’s visit to Georgia.

Opposition parties express their concern to Ruling Georgian Dream party chairman Bidzina Ivanishvili’s behavior as they note that Russia fights against the sovereignty of free countries with erosion of the democratic system.

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