“Every citizen should know that speaking in the language of an ultimatum is categorically unacceptable,” Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili told reporters in response to a question about the ongoing protests about Namakhvani HPP.
He noted that the state will have an appropriate response for all citizens who violate the law.
“We did our best to provide maximum information to our citizens. We also offered our citizens a suitable dialogue format. There were numerous attempts on our part.
“In addition, we invited EU Special Representative who will once again examine in detail all the nuances and details of this project. In addition, I instructed the Ministry of Justice to study the compliance of the project with international practice by an independent law firm.
“Therefore there should be no questions asked. At the end of the month, I’ll meet the investor company owner. I myself am involved and want to be aware of all details so that there is nothing contradictory in this agreement. Regarding speaking in the language of an ultimatum, this is categorically unacceptable. Every citizen should know that speaking in the language of an ultimatum is categorically unacceptable. It’s reminiscent of the dark 90s,” Garibashvili said.
After a 208-day protest in tents in the Rioni Gorge and rallies in Kutaisi, activists protesting against the construction of Namakhvani HPP moved to Tbilisi.
“The battle begins here and now and we will bring it to an end. It is important to be ready for a long-term struggle,” activist Varlam Goletiani told protesters on Republic Square.
By Ana Dumbadze