Journalists, civil activists and politicians have again gathered in front of the parliament building in downtown Tbilisi demanding Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s resignation, following the death of TV Pirveli cameraman Lekso Lashkarava, who was one of the 53 media representatives attacked by the right-wing groups during the Tbilisi Pride counter rally.
We will not give up Rustaveli to anyone! We will stay here until the victory! You probably do not know what the Georgian media can", Formula TV anchor Vakho Sanaia said referring to the ruling Georgian Dream party members.
You will not succeed in establishing dictatorship in this country because we will not let that happen”, he added, noting that PM Garibashvili will eventually resign.
Sanaia read out the names of 53 media representatives, including Lekso Lashkarava, who were attacked while covering the violence of the right-wing groups on July 5.
Today’s protest is starting off with a long applause for all the journalist that were victims of government-sanctioned violence on July 5th. pic.twitter.com/k2k4Sz5xON— Droa (@MovementDroa) July 12, 2021
While heads of various media organisations and opposition claim that the anti Tbilisi Pride rally of July 5 was ‘a special operation’ planned by the government of Georgia, the Georgian ruling party accuses the opposition of ‘trading by tragedy’.
In response to demands for his resignation, PM Garibashvili has also said that the protest in front of the parliament is 'classic anti-state, anti-church and anti-national'.