Batumi: thieves in law involved in riots? 

Batumi: thieves in law involved in riots?
Riots in Batumi on March 11

Earlier, the participation in the political life of the country was attributed to Armenian kingpins.⁠

Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili called on the law enforcement agencies to identify all the participants in the riots and provocateurs, who incited the crowd to the riots on March 11 in Batumi.

As reported by Georgia Online with reference to the agency ExpressNews, thieves’ underworld is behind the riots in Batumi. Thus, according to eyewitnesses, members of the thieves' world organized young people to clash with the police in different parts of the city on March 10 and 11. They instructed to collect a small group of men in front of the main police department of Adjara.

"Young people, mostly related to the thieves' world, were gathered, including some who had already been convicted for various crimes," eyewitnesses said.

Recall, the official cause of the riots was a fine for improper parking, which the police wrote to a couple of pensioners. As it turned out, the driver stopped at the pharmacy to buy medicine for his wife. According to the Georgian Interior Ministry, in all, about 40 participants were detained. During the night riots on Saturday, ten cars were burned in Batumi.

Video: Riots in Batumi on March 11

Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili urged law enforcement agencies to identify not only all participants in the riots, but provocateurs, who incited the crowd.

Earlier, the participation in the political life of the country was attributed to Armenian kingpins. So, in autumn of 2016, the authorities of Armenia expelled Alexander Makaryan, known as Alo, and Norayr Piloyan aka Koncho. Later it was found out that patrons of the Armenian kingpins demanded from Zap to return the ‘debt’ for many years of calm.

«Зап» в окружении адвокатов

Andranik Sogoyan aka Zap

According to the source, Zap, as well as friendly Gevorik Oshakansky and Suro were asked to sort out with local oppositionists, who attempted to occupy the police station, "in their own way" and then they were arrested. They were placed in the same pre-trial detention center, where some Armenian kingpins were serving the term. Rafael Khoetsyan (Afo) and Samvel Harutyunyan (Samo), focused on Alo and Koncho, were named among the authoritative participants. Afo and Samo refused to fulfill the request, in connection with which the Armenian ‘thieves' committee’ broke up, and Alo and Koncho were deported outside the country.

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