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Russia: Duma deputy says Tbilisi unrest was ‘planned’ provocation

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 21, 2019 at 13:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

State Duma Deputy Sergei Gavrilov told his version of the events which occurred on Thursday in the Georgian parliament and led to the street protests in Tbilisi, speaking in Moscow on Friday.

Gavrilov said that in the beginning of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy meeting, the attendees had discussed "where we are moving, expressed our gratitude to the Georgian side for hosting such an event."

"During coffee break, the room was occupied by radicals. We think that this was planned, because dozens of cameras suddenly appeared. People who came in, they had banners with anti-Russian and dirty, insulting sentiments," the deputy said.

He added that since there was a "threat that the cordon and police protection would be removed from the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy", Gavrilov, as the president of the assembly, made the decision to end the meeting.

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 rally began after Gavrilov addressed the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker. A number of Georgian opposition politicians left the session in protest.

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.

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze called for public to "remain calm, as authorities will protect the safety of every citizen and ensure public order".

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

In a statement, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov condemned the protests, calling the situation in Tbilisi "a Russophobic provocation of utmost concern", whereas Russia's Foreign Ministry said 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."

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State Duma Deputy Sergei Gavrilov told his version of the events which occurred on Thursday in the Georgian parliament and led to the street protests in Tbilisi, speaking in Moscow on Friday.

Gavrilov said that in the beginning of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy meeting, the attendees had discussed "where we are moving, expressed our gratitude to the Georgian side for hosting such an event."

"During coffee break, the room was occupied by radicals. We think that this was planned, because dozens of cameras suddenly appeared. People who came in, they had banners with anti-Russian and dirty, insulting sentiments," the deputy said.

He added that since there was a "threat that the cordon and police protection would be removed from the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy", Gavrilov, as the president of the assembly, made the decision to end the meeting.

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 rally began after Gavrilov addressed the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker. A number of Georgian opposition politicians left the session in protest.

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.

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze called for public to "remain calm, as authorities will protect the safety of every citizen and ensure public order".

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

In a statement, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov condemned the protests, calling the situation in Tbilisi "a Russophobic provocation of utmost concern", whereas Russia's Foreign Ministry said 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."

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