This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
03:01

Georgia: Former parliament speaker says govt’s ‘catastrophic incompetence’ to blame for Tbilisi protest *PARTNER CONTENT*

Georgia, Tbilisi
June 21, 2019 at 10:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Leader of the Georgian opposition party Democratic Movement and former parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze blamed the government of “catastrophic incompetence” over the protest that took place outside the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi on Thursday.

Burjanadze said she had predicted the anti-government protest, since “It’s absolutely unbelievable, how incompetent the government is. And it is clear for me that the government did nothing for the improvement of Russian-Georgian relations during the last few years.”

The former acting head of state said added that Tbilisi needed to explain to Moscow the importance of Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

She pointed out that Russia-Georgia relations are still “a very difficult and sensitive issue for Georgian society” following the South Ossetia conflict in 2008.

At least 240 people, including 80 police officers were injured as anti-government protesters clashed with the law enforcement officials outside the parliament building in Tbilisi on Thursday evening and in the early hours of Friday morning.

The crowd attempted to force their way into the parliament building as they demanded the resignation of parliamentary Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze and other top officials.

The rally began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy on Thursday. A number of Georgian opposition politicians left the session in protest.

Tbilisi Mayor Kakhaber Kaladze said it was "unacceptable to hold the assembly "under the leadership of a Russian speaker."

The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the protest in a statement, saying that “the radical opposition in Georgia has exploited an important international forum, aimed at uniting the Orthodox nations of the world, to unleash its anti-Russian sentiment.”

03:01
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Leader of the Georgian opposition party Democratic Movement and former parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze blamed the government of “catastrophic incompetence” over the protest that took place outside the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi on Thursday.

Burjanadze said she had predicted the anti-government protest, since “It’s absolutely unbelievable, how incompetent the government is. And it is clear for me that the government did nothing for the improvement of Russian-Georgian relations during the last few years.”

The former acting head of state said added that Tbilisi needed to explain to Moscow the importance of Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

She pointed out that Russia-Georgia relations are still “a very difficult and sensitive issue for Georgian society” following the South Ossetia conflict in 2008.

At least 240 people, including 80 police officers were injured as anti-government protesters clashed with the law enforcement officials outside the parliament building in Tbilisi on Thursday evening and in the early hours of Friday morning.

The crowd attempted to force their way into the parliament building as they demanded the resignation of parliamentary Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze and other top officials.

The rally began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy on Thursday. A number of Georgian opposition politicians left the session in protest.

Tbilisi Mayor Kakhaber Kaladze said it was "unacceptable to hold the assembly "under the leadership of a Russian speaker."

The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the protest in a statement, saying that “the radical opposition in Georgia has exploited an important international forum, aimed at uniting the Orthodox nations of the world, to unleash its anti-Russian sentiment.”

Trending
Top downloads in last 24 hours
View all videos
02:26
Nepal: Police use 'social distancing pliers' to detain lockdown violators
April 01 at 20:43 GMT +00:00
03:57
USA: Las Vegas parking lot converted into 'homeless shelter' with social distancing markers
April 01 at 06:36 GMT +00:00
02:25
India: New Delhi lockdown boosts air quality levels
April 01 at 19:08 GMT +00:00
02:18
USA: Body loaded into refrigerated truck near NYC hospital as coronavirus death toll rises
April 01 at 23:03 GMT +00:00
03:45
Brazil: Syrian refugees donate hundreds of meals to Brazilians under lockdown
April 02 at 09:02 GMT +00:00
02:02
USA: Russian plane with medical aid unloaded at JFK airport
April 01 at 21:23 GMT +00:00
03:20
Lebanon: Pets increasingly abandoned as owners fear they can transmit coronavirus
April 01 at 16:15 GMT +00:00
03:50
Germany: Toilet paper drive-in set up by Dornburg store in response to coronavirus panic buying
April 02 at 02:00 GMT +00:00
01:30
USA: Brooklyn hospital continues to take in patients amid growing coronavirus numbers
April 01 at 15:23 GMT +00:00
02:29
Spain: Madrid's largest cemetery in new mode after funeral services banned
April 01 at 17:45 GMT +00:00
02:27
Italy: Neapolitan supplies needy using baskets from his balcony during COVID-19 lockdown
April 01 at 18:18 GMT +00:00
00:53
USA: Russian plane with medical aid arrives in New York City
April 01 at 20:38 GMT +00:00
01:44
Italy: Stromboli volcanic eruption intensifies
April 01 at 19:21 GMT +00:00
02:54
Bengal tiger cub in Veracruz is named ‘Covid’ after the coronavirus
April 01 at 12:01 GMT +00:00
03:30
Italy: Mayor of Ferrera Erbognone comments on commune's 'immunity' to coronavirus
April 01 at 23:44 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:03
Russia: People recreate famous artworks during lockdown
April 01 at 11:47 GMT +00:00
02:38
Sweden: Daily life continues in Stockholm amid mild coronavirus measures
April 02 at 06:03 GMT +00:00
03:01
Mexico: Cancun Police turn into Mariachis to spread coronavirus awareness
April 01 at 17:29 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:12
Netherlands: Musicians play Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' from homes amid pandemic
April 02 at 09:38 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:53
Russia: Putin extends paid holiday period until end of April due to coronavirus pandemic
April 02 at 14:28 GMT +00:00
03:12
India: Police use sticks against locals to enforce coronavirus measures in busy market
March 31 at 12:39 GMT +00:00
03:16
China: Few shoppers sighted as Wuhan mall reopens with health checks
April 01 at 13:02 GMT +00:00
01:11
China: Wuhan quiet as govt begins easing coronavirus lockdown
March 25 at 16:48 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:35
Spain: ICU for coronavirus patients begins operating at IFEMA field hospital in Madrid
April 01 at 16:53 GMT +00:00
02:32
Drone project in Mexico seeks to combat coronavirus from the air
April 02 at 11:00 GMT +00:00
View all videos