17 September 2019,   13:20
"We are not going anywhere until we are alive" - Protest has become even larger in Chiatura

The protests reach larger scale in Chiatura. Mines do not work. More than three thousand people refuse to work. The strikers stay next to "Chiatura Manganese" building and wait for the Public Defender"s visit.

Their requirements remain unchanged. They demand salary increases and improvement of work conditions.

The company today reported that some of the miners decided to return to work.
The strikers deny the information, saying that the company tries to cause a confrontation between the miners.

Soldiers in tents express solidarity with the Chiaturians and call on the government to help miners.