Residents of Tbilisi organize anti-Russian rally after scandal in parliament
Having expelled the Russian delegation, the protesters demanded the resignation of the parliament’s chairman and two security officials.
Residents of Tbilisi came to an anti-Russian rally after the expulsion of the Russian delegation from the Georgian parliament. The protesters gathered in front of the hotel where the Russians stayed and demanded that the delegates leave the country. Having achieved their goal, the rally participants went to the parliament building and demanded the resignation of the parliament’s chairman Irakli Kobakhidze, Interior Minister Georgy Gakharia and the head of the State Security Service Vakhtang Gomelauri, Echo Moskvy reports.
On June 19 and 20, 100 delegates from 25 countries, including Russia, attended the 26th General Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in Tbilisi. Members of the opposition parties “United National Movement” and “European Georgia” were outraged by the presence of Russians, especially the Communist Party deputy Sergey Gavrilov, who sat in the speaker’s chair. The session was disrupted, and the Russian delegation returned to the Radisson Hotel on First Republic Square in the center of Tbilisi.
Soon, thousands of local residents gathered in front of the hotel, demanding the expulsion of Russians from the country for about three hours. The delegates had to leave the building surrounded by the police in order to get to the airport. At the same time, the protesters poured water on the Russians.
When the delegation left, the rally moved to Rustaveli Avenue, where the parliament’s building is located. One of the leaders of “European Georgia”, Gigi Ugulava, said that the rally would continue until Kobakhidze resigns. The speaker replied that he did not intend to resign. The protesters began to storm the parliament. The police used tear gas.