Protesters demanding the resignation of the Speaker of Parliament and early parliamentary elections.
Participants in the rally in Tbilisi, demanding the resignation of Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze and the appointment of early parliamentary elections, broke through into the courtyard of the country’s parliament. This is reported by local media and users of social networks.
According to eyewitnesses, the police oust the protesters from the territory of parliament without the use of batons or other special means. But according to other sources, the police used tear gas. Media reports indicate that special forces and special equipment appeared in the courtyard of the Georgian parliament.
Georgian MIA called on the opposition to stop illegal actions and violence. According to the press service of the ministry, law enforcement agencies will use all measures provided by law to prevent unlawful acts.
МВД Грузии призывает народ прекратить нарушать закон. Полиция применил слезоточивый газ. Ситуация критическая. Кажется это конец правления олигарха #Тбилиси #Грузия #Переворот pic.twitter.com/MHQgg5HNFw— ᎶᎥᎧᏒᎶᎥ ᏉᏗᏝᏗᏕᏂᏉᎥᏝᎥ🦂 (@G_Valashvili) 20 June 2019
According to Kommersant, the reason for the rally was an incident at a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy (MAP). The president of the assembly is the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Gavrilov. At the opening session of the IAO, he took the chair of the speaker of the Georgian parliament and addressed the audience in Russian.
After that, the opposition members of the European Georgia party accused the authorities and the chairman of parliament of having admitted this, calling the incident an insult. They blocked the rostrum and demanded the expulsion of the Russian delegates from the hall.
According to Interfax, several dozen oppositionists tried to break through to the Russian deputies, but after unsuccessful attempts, they began to throw eggs at their side.
The leader of “European Georgia,” Gigi Ugulava, said that the rally would continue until the head of parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze, resigned.