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Georgia protests: Opposition voices out three major demands

 
Georgia protests: Opposition voices out three major demands

Georgia protests, June 2019
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Opposition parties of Georgia voiced three major requirements to the government, The News Georgia reports.
The leaders of opposition parties, the United National Movement, the Republican Party of Georgia, New Political Center and National Democratic Party voiced the requirements at the briefing on Friday.
The first one is the resignation of Giorgi Gakharia, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
The second one is the release of all the protesters detained, 305 people according to the Internal Ministry.
The third is to begin negotiation with the government on the snap parliamentary elections.
"We call the authorities to immediately set-up the law-making process, consider the legislative changes and to open negotiations on the snap parliamentary elections,” Tamar Kordzaia, the secretary of the Republican Party announced.
As we reported earlier, thousands of protesters took it to the street in Gerogian capital Tbilisi on late Thursday. The rally continued until early Friday and eventually stopped, with Parliament Speaker Irakliy Kobakhidze resigning.
On June 20, the Georgian Parliament hosted the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the Orthodoxy. Sergei Garvilov, Russia's Communist party MP took the seat of the Speaker, which enraged the parliamentary opposition and thousands of common residents of Tbilisi. 

Protesters demanded that Parliament Speaker, Interior Minister and Head of the State Security Service left their offices, as they are the ones responsible for the incident. Clashes occurred due to the protests, with the police shooting rubber bullets and water cannons. There are dozens of wounded on both sides of the scuffle. Some even needed surgical assistance.
 
 
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