Giorgi Gakharia has arrived in Pankisi. He calls on the locals for negotiations.
"I am here and ready to talk as much as needed. No one will allow the violation of Georgian citizens" rights," Giorgi Gakharia said.
The Interior Minister said that only 35 policemen were on the spot in the morning, but locals say that when the construction work of the HPP began in the morning, the special unit was mobilized.
In the Pankisi Gorge at this moment it is calm. However, the rally participants and special forces are still in place. Recently, the elders have addressed the population and urged them to be calm.
Locals say they will not allow construction of HPP. The rally participants say that the law enforcers have provoked the conflict.