Clashes and whistling in the Georgian Parliament after nomination of new PM
03 September, 2019
Clashes took place at the entrances to the Parliament building today, as protesters held the "Shame on You" event. Protests were caused by nominating Giorgi Gakharia, former Interior Minister on the Prime Minister’s post. Protesters organized so called “Walk of Shame” or “corridor of shame” – they wanted MPs to walk through protesters chanting “Shame on You”.

Lado Kakhadze, one of the members of the Georgian Dream, had to enter the Parliament building through the “corridor of shame”.

At the same
time, European Georgia MP Elene Khoshtaria is trying to enter the parliament building from the back entrance. According to her, she wants to let protesters in the building, but the police do not allow it, which caused clashes between the protesters and the police.

The autumn session of the Parliament has been opened with the Georgian anthem, but as soon as the anthem was over, members of European Georgia started to whistle to protest against the changes in the cabinet of ministers.

The Chairman of Parliament, Archil Talakvadze, responded to the protest of the opposition lawmakers by saying: “That's how our colleagues decided to express democracy and the quality of democracy that we have in the country today. I ask the public to keep an eye on it”.

As for the agenda of the fall session, one of the first issues to be discussed will be the approval of the new PM and government.
Clashes erupted in the Parliament during the first session between opposition MPs and members of the majority

Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze made members of European Georgia leave the session hall.

Before making this decision, the Speaker warned the MPs and urged them to keep order.

“According to article 224 of the Parliament's Rules of Procedure, I warned Members of Parliament not to hinder the sitting. As our colleagues did not obey this warning, according to the same article, I ask the Resource Officers to make them leave the hall,” Archil Talakvadze said at the session.
Clashes erupted outside of the Parliament between protesters and the police

In addition to the members of the European Georgia, members of the National Movement also left the hall.

The Parliament Speaker made the above decision after members of European Georgia started to whistle at the plenary session to protest against the changes in the cabinet of ministers.

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