Russian tourists: “We are tourists from Russia and we love Georgia”
30 July, 2019
‘We are tourists from Russia and we love Georgia” reads the placard of Russian girls supporting the anti-occupation demonstrators gathered in front of the Parliament building in Tbilisi. The girls exchanged hugs with the demonstrators as well as police officers as a show of solidarity for Georgia. Russia occupies 20% of Georgian land with thousands of dead and internally displaced people.

The anti-occupation rally has been taking place since June 20 when Georgians protested
the presence of a Russian MP in the Parliament building. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to stop protesters entering the country’s parliament. Dozens of Injured police officers, civilians and journalists were taken to the hospital. Two civilians had to undergo enucleation procedure. Law enforcers detained a number of demonstrators.

The protesters demand the resignation of Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia, the release of people detained on the 20th of June and the conduct of proportional elections in 2020. The government agreed to two demands but the resignation of Giorgi Gakharia. However, after the release of people detained on the 20th of June, people are still getting arrested for organizing, leading and participating in mass violence during the unrests on the night of 20-21 June.

The protest has recently become a daily live broadcast at 20:20 discussing issues related to the democratic fate of Georgia with interesting guests.

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