Andrius Kubilius, MEP, The Co-Chairman of Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, and Rasa Juknevičienė, A Vice-chair of the DSCA delegation in EP, issued a statement regarding the current events in Georgia, noting, the death of Mr. Lashkarava and the staggering inaction of police in face of the violent attacks need to be fully and impartially investigated.
In the statement, MEPs noted Georgia is at a very serious crossroads which will define its success or failure for the nearest decades. Even though the majority of Georgians have chosen firmly and long ago the European development and European values, there are forces that work to impede Georgia’s progress on this path.
“The recent developments in Georgia, when 53 journalists were targeted and beaten at a rally opposing the called-off Tbilisi March for Dignity is one of such efforts.
We are saddened to learn about the death of one of the injured media workers Mr. Lekso Lashkarava. The death of Mr. Lashkarava and the staggering inaction of police in face of the violent attacks need to be fully and impartially investigated. We call on all members of society to demonstrate calm and restraint, not to fall for provocations. All political powers in Georgia, especially the ruling party, should work towards ensuring that the European values are respected.
Values of freedom of media and freedom of expression are the European values and must be upheld and protected,” reads the statement.
By Ketevan Skhirtladze