Ruling party official highlights importance of amendments to law on protests

Kaladze said “the bill in question is not our invention - many developed European countries have similar laws”. Photo: Georgian Dream press office, 30 Oct 2023 - 13:31, Tbilisi,Georgia

Kakha Kaladze, the Secretary General of the ruling Georgian Dream party and Mayor of Tbilisi, on Sunday highlighted the importance of the bill approved by lawmakers to limit installation of constructions during public rallies.

The Parliament approved the bill - which bans setting up of constructions if they “pose threats to demonstrators or other individuals”, hamper police efforts to “ensure order”, interferes with work of institutions, organisations or other facilities - with its third and final reading on October 5, before President Salome Zourabichvili vetoed it for its “undemocratic nature”. 

The bill in question is not our invention - many developed European countries have similar laws - and therefore, given that there are still some threats that certain groups may attempt to create tension and disorder [in the country], preventive measures are needed”, Kaladze said.

“It is clear that whoever opposes this [bill], can in fact be said to be leaders of the radical course that the State Security Service of Georgia was talking about”, he added in reference to comments by the body that last month said it had uncovered a plan by former officials of the previous United National Movement Government to cause “civil unrest” and overthrow the country’s Government using a “Euromaidan scenario” this fall.

The party Secretary General claimed there were domestic political groups and politicians who “have a desire to overthrow the Government, and some may even support it from the outside”, before adding the authorities would “not allow this” alleged scenario to take place.