Georgians Mark One Year Since Anti-Russia Protests

June 20, 2020 22:06 GMT – By RFE/RL

Thousands of protesters gathered peacefully on June 20 in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to mark the one-year anniversary of anti-Russia demonstrations that were violently put down by the government.

The protest was the first mass event in Georgia since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

To encourage social distancing, organizers placed stickers with the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin spaced apart on the ground and encouraging protesters to step on his face. Most protesters wore masks and organizers provided disinfectant hand gel.

Public anger boiled over on June 20, 2019, when Russian lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov addressed parliament, in Russian, from the speaker’s chair during a meeting of lawmakers from Orthodox countries.

The incident touched a nerve with many in Georgia, which fought a brief war with Russia in 2008. Russia still occupies the two breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Led by the opposition, the protest in front of parliament a year ago descended into violence when riot police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons.

More than 240 people were injured, including more than 30 journalists and 80 policemen. Several protesters were injured in the eye.

The protests continued for days as demonstrators demanded the resignation of the government and those responsible for ordering the police response.

The government justified the use of force because protesters had tried to storm the parliament building.


  1. The ruling Georgia Dream Party is unfortunately very powerful. Thanks to its owner: Bidzina Ivanishvili, a putlerite billionaire, it is able to comfortably outspend its rivals. Ivanishvili, like his Russian controllers, is very sly; he maintains the pretence of supporting a west leaning direction; he even has a pro-west President: Salome Zourabichvili, but she is only a figurehead. The real power lies with Ivanishvili and PM Giorgi Gakharia. Georgian Dream models itself on putler’s United RuSSia Party: it is a catchall, with no publicly stated ideology. All it will say is that it covers the ground from centre left to centre right. Drivel in other words. Its strategists made a rare error when they allowed that commie scum to speak in their parliament, they will be more careful next time.
    Misha Saakashvili was a remarkable success with Georgia. As a result, this honest politician had his career destroyed, his country invaded and occupied and bogus charges put up against him, leaving him with no alternative but to flee.
    The same could happen to Poro; he might have to claim asylum in the states.
    All of this because the west allows putler to commit mass murder, steal and lie, without any meaningful response. The sanctions are NOT working. They need to be completely overhauled and increased exponentially until the little rat ceases his policy of fascist imperialism.

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