Shota Digmelashvili, a member of the Shame Movement and a co-organizer of the rally ‘Home To Europe,’ announced that the protest will continue tomorrow morning outside the Government Administration.
He claimed that the participants of the rally will meet Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the minister’s office with a peaceful protest.
“In the morning, we will all go peacefully and surround “devil’s castle”, we will meet the government with a sit-down strike, we will meet Garibashvili and make him hear our voice, because they don’t hear us from here (in front of the Parliament building). This is our non-violent peaceful expression. We will go there in the morning and explain to them what we could not explain from here. He should look us in the eyes and tell us why he is leading the country towards Russia,” said Digmelashvili.
“The next step in our plan is to move to the government building. Here [in front of Parliament] we have arranged the infrastructure to spend the night peacefully. It feels like they [the government] are too comfortable. We gather here, but no matter how many times we gather, nothing changes,” he noted.
Some participants of the rally ‘Home to Europe’ moved near the Georgian Dream office. Giorgi Mshvenieradze, one of the leaders of the ‘Home to Europe’ movement, made the above call at the rally, noting that if the government does not step back, “many such centers [of protest] will appear”.
The rally organized by civil society near the Parliament – ‘Home to Europe’ is underway on Rustaveli Avenue.
Students of various universities, political parties, non-governmental organizations, and representatives of the cultural fields are gathered together with citizens.
Today’s rally is also joined by residents from the regions of Georgia.
Police and ambulance teams are mobilized in the area.
The decision to hold the rally on July 3, at 20:00, was made by the organizers of the rally gathered in front of the legislative body on June 24.
The civil society demands the resignation of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the formation of a government of national consent, for which the government was given a one-week deadline, which expires on July 3.
By Ana Dumbadze