20 July 2024,   17:03
Protest rally near the Parliament - opposition v/s Shotadze candidacy

Morning protest - Opposition and civil activists gathered near the Parliament

Opposition members and civil activists gathered outside the Parliament’s entrance from Chitadze Street in the morning.

That time civil activists and members of the opposition told Kurieri that the picketing of the entrances of the Parliament is not planned today. They were going to make shame corridor to the MPs of the parliamentary majority and the candidate for Prosecutor General Irakli Shotadze.

As Anzor Bitsadze, one of the leaders of the United Georgia, said the rally would continue in a peaceful manner.

“Bidzina Ivanishvili appointed Giorgi Gakharia as the Prime Minister after the public had been demanding his resignation as Interior Minister; it was followed by the failure of transition to the proportional elections. Now we have about the same situation. Irakli Shotadze, who resigned as a result of the public outcry, has now been appointed as Prosecutor General, and it is hard to predict what the next surprise will be”, - concluded Anzor Bitsadze

But later, a minor incident between the rally participants and law enforcers happened. According to the protesters, the police prevents them from moving freely, which resulted in a verbal confrontation. Law enforcers told the protesters that blocking the entrance to the building is unacceptable.

Archil Talakvadze - Any form of the protest indicates that there is democracy in Georgia

The Speaker of the Parliament says that any form of the protest, including this one, indicates that there is democracy in Georgia and everyone has the opportunity to express their opinion.

Archil Talakvadze is sure that protest is a part of democracy.

“Despite my great respect for the opposition lawmakers, we have a responsibility towards the country and society. We have to choose the prosecutor and make the decision that our society needs. Parliament will make the final decision. It is a procedure prescribed by law”, - said the Chairperson of the Parliament. 

Irakli Kobakhidze - Earlier 200 people stood on these rallies. Where are 150 of them?

Earlier 200 people stood on these rallies. Where are 150 of them, I could not understand? Such a question asked majority MP Irakli Kobakhidze, while commenting on the rally outside the Parliament.

“Earlier 200 people stood on these rallies. Where are 150 of them, I could not understand?

The United National Movement wants to keep living somehow and try to do it in this way. However, as you can see, they have no resources. As for the approval of the candidacy, the decision will be taken in the light of the overall picture. Irakli Shotadze is a professional, he has made a decent step in that period. He has every reason to return to the position of the Prosecutor General”, - concluded Irakli Kobakhidze.

Zaal Udumashvili – They will hear the voice of our protest

According to the opposition members, it is unacceptable for them to appoint Irakli Shotadze. As Zaal Udumashvili said, the protest rallies will be permanent.

“Most of the Georgian Dream’s MPs today will approve Shotadze for the post of the Prosecutor. But at the same time they will certainly hear our loud protest. We all remember why Shotadze resigned. People who take political responsibility for a particular case should not be returned to their posts”, - commented Zaal Udumashvili.

Giga Bokeria - Ultimately the task is to get this man out of power through elections

Giga Bokeria, a member of the European Parliament faction, also says that these protest actions will continue.

“There will be further protests. There will also be a large rally on April 4 in Rustaveli where the opposition will talk about its plans. Ultimately the task is to get this man out of power through elections.

The selection of Shotadze’s candidacy is a confirmation of what we knew. This is Ivanishvili’s approach. He never keeps his promises. So he will end his government”, - said Giga Bokeria.