29 May 2024,   09:15
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It was equally important for us, for the MIA, to protect the safety of the members of parliament and staff, as well as the safety of each rally participant - Gomelauri

The Minister of Internal Affairs is at the Georgian Parliament responding to questioned raised by the members of Parliament within the frames of the planned interpellation. Vakhtang Gomelauri started his speech at the parliamentary body by reviewing the recently developed events on Rustaveli Avenue.

As he noted, as a result of violent actions on Rustaveli Avenue, 5 policemen were injured, two of them were transferred to a medical facility with severe injuries. The law enforcers arrested 40 people in total under the Code of Administrative Offences.

“In recent week, we all witnessed, law enforcement officers who were continuously mobilized at manifestations conducted at various times and locations and protected the safety of each person. On 15 and 16 of April, in parallel with the ongoing manifestation, the work process was in progress in the legislative body. It was equally important for us, for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, to protect the safety of the members of parliament and staff, as well as the safety of each rally participant. The public also witnessed how a peaceful protest turned into violent action from day one. While the manifestation was taking place in a completely peaceful environment, certain group of participants became aggressive towards the law enforcement officers, they threw various objects in the direction of the police officers, including stones, bottles, splashed paint, verbally and physically abused them and ignored the legal requests of police”, - said Vakhtang Gomelauri.

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