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27 juin 2019 | 15h17 UTC

Georgia: Protest in Tbilisi June 27; further expected through June 29 /update 8

Georgia Alerte de sécurité

Calls for demonstration in Tbilisi June 27; further protests likely through June 29

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/6/2019, 12h00 until 30/6/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Tbilisi). COUNTRY/REGION Abkhazia

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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.

Political opposition protests are expected to continue in Tbilisi, notably outside Parliament, through at least Saturday, June 29. Protests are also possible in Kutaisi and Batumi.

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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