A protest has been called to take place in Tbilisi on Thursday, June 27, starting at 19:00 (local time). Protesters are expected to march from Parliament, located on Rustaveli Avenue, to the home of Bidzina Ivanishvili, leader of the ruling Georgia Dream-Democratic Georgia party.
Significant transportation and business disruptions are expected near protest sites and demonstrators may attempt to erect roadblocks. A heightened security presence is anticipated, and police officers will likely use force to disperse crowds. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Around 10,000 opposition protesters rallied outside of parliament on the night of June 20, to denounce the participation of Russian MP Sergey Gavrilov at the General Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. Protests reportedly turned violent after images emerged of Gavrilov sitting in a seat typically reserved for Parliamentary Chairperson Irakli Kobakhidze. Police subsequently fired tear gas at protesters after several attempted to storm the parliament building. Demonstrations continued over the subsequent days outside the parliament and headquarters of the ruling Georgia Dream party, with protesters demanding the resignations of various top officials and early elections.
Individuals in Georgia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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