About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 17:25 - 8 Dec.'16
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Opposition’s Troubled Campaign in Samegrelo
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 28 Oct.'07 / 20:15

Ten opposition parties campaigned in western region of Samegrelo on October 28, as a lead-up to a planned protest rally in Tbilisi on November 2.

Opposition’s trip to Samegrelo, however, was not as smooth as in other provinces.

In Zugdidi, a major town of the province, a group of local residents reportedly threw eggs to opposition activists while they were rallying outside the local municipality, and then entered into a scuffle with the opposition supporters. Georgian television stations aired footage showing men punching Giorgi Khaindrava, a leader of opposition group Equality Institute and Bidzina Gujabidze, a lawmaker from the opposition Conservative Party.

One of Zugdidi-based groups of supporters of late Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia warned on October 27 the opposition leaders, especially those from the Republican Party, as well as Giorgi Khaindrava, against arriving in Zugdidi. Many supporters of ex-president blame the Republicans for their alleged role in Gamsakhurdia's ouster in early 90s.

Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, leader of opposition Freedom Party (which is part of ten-party coalition), who is son of the late President, blamed local authorities and law enforcement agencies for being behind, what he called, “a provocation.”

Scuffles between supporters of opposition and authorities reportedly also occurred in Tsalenjikha, another town in Samegrelo, where opposition activists traveled before going to Zugdidi.

“This was just a small group of provocateurs, which failed to thwart our protest rally,” Giorgi Khaindrava said. “Thousands were protesting today.”

Latest News
08 Dec.'16 17:25
Tbilisi Welcomes Decision on Visa Suspension Mechanism
"Georgia is very close to its final goal,” the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.
08 Dec.'16 16:08
Georgian FM to Participate in OSCE Ministerial Council
OSCE foreign ministers will gather at the Ministerial Council in Hamburg on December 8-9.
08 Dec.'16 15:03
LIBE Committee Approves New Rules of Suspension Mechanism
Decision on this issue will pave the way for granting visa-free regime to Georgia and Ukraine.
07 Dec.'16 18:34
Georgian FM Hails Raising Georgia’s Issue at UN Security Council
Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations thanked Ukraine for initiating discussion on Georgia.
07 Dec.'16 12:46
Georgian President Visits France
Margvelashviil will participate in the 4th Open Government Partnership Global Summit.
06 Dec.'16 18:34
U.S., Georgia Sign Framework Agreement on Security Cooperation
The document outlines key tasks of cooperation for 2016-2019.
06 Dec.'16 15:16
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Visits Georgia
Bilateral defense and security cooperation “moves to a new stage,” the Georgian PM’s office said.
06 Dec.'16 13:10
Georgian Foreign Minister Visits Brussels
Janelidze will take part in the Resolute Support Mission meeting on Wednesday.
05 Dec.'16 18:27
Head of Adjara’s Local Government Approved
The newly elected Supreme Council of Adjara re-confirmed Zurab Pataradze on this post.
05 Dec.'16 18:00
Revised Draft of 2017 State Budget
The government projects 4% economic growth next year, according to the revised draft.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2016, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
46