Georgia opens criminal cases against Chechens who threw stones at special forces officers during protest 

Georgia opens criminal cases against Chechens who threw stones at special forces officers during protest
The protest

As a result of clashes with the police, about fifty people have been injured.

The Georgian Interior Ministry initiated several criminal cases after the events in Pankisi, where mass protests against the construction of a hydropower plant in the Pankisi Gorge took place.

According to preliminary data, about 55 people, including 38 police officers, were injured, the Ministry reported. Cases have been initiated on the facts of attacks on law enforcement officers and causing damage to special equipment of security forces in the Pankisi Gorge (Kakheti).

As The CrimeRussia has wrote earlier, the situation escalated on Sunday morning, when the builders began their work to build the Samkuratskali 2 HPP on the bank of the Alazani River. The Chechens who live in Pankisi Gorge actively resisted the police deployed around the construction site to ensure the safety of the construction works. The protesters threw sticks and stones at policemen. In response, police used tear gas. As a result, mobilization of police forces was carried out.

“Of course, I’d like to emphasize once again, every person will be identified and every person who dared to attack a police officer will be punished. I promise this to all the policemen,” Georgian Minister of the Interior Georgy Gakharia told journalists.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 23 police officers are currently in a Telavi hospital. According to Georgian media reports, some journalists who were on the spot also needed medical assistance.

The activists are protesting against the construction of a hydropower plant, because they believe that the construction will deprive the village of water and will harm the environment, so they will have to leave their homes.

Meanwhile, Alazani Energy and Peri companies, which are in charge of construction of the hydropower plant, announced that the new hydropower plant will not affect the environment. Also, they stated that all problems with water supply would be solved.

As a result of the talks between the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the elders of the Pankisi Gorge, it became known that the construction of a hydropower station would begin only if 90% of the population approves it. In addition to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Levan Davitashvili and the Minister of Regional Development Maya Tskitishvili were present at the construction site.

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