Mamuka Mdinaradze, the Executive Secretary of the ruling Georgian Dream party, on Tuesday commented on the draft amendments to the law of Georgia on Assemblies and Manifestations and said “it is our obligation to prevent unrest” in the country both at the legislative and practical levels, as “revolutionary” actions were planned this fall.
Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee today reviewed the amendments to the law in an accelerated manner in its first reading. The draft amendments make the law more stringent regarding the arrangement of temporary constructions during gatherings and demonstrations.
Mdinaradze noted that opposing the new amendments “means supporting and being an accomplice to executing revolutionary plans with human life at stake”, stressing the changes would only prohibit the placement of tents during demonstrations.
Givi Mikanadze, an MP for the ruling Georgian Dream party and one of the initiators of the draft amendments, said the decision to propose the changes followed the statement of the Georgian State Security Service on September 18, which said that the body had uncovered a plan by former officials of the previous United National Movement Government who were aiming to cause “civil unrest” and overthrow the country’s Government using a “Euromaidan scenario” this fall.
The Service noted scenarios of events to be used in Georgia included setting up a “tent city” for hosting continuous public rallies, erecting barricades near central avenues and strategic objects across Georgia, barricading Government buildings and “other illegal actions that contain elements of heavy provocation”.