Georgian opposition begins day two of rallies

Georgian opposition begins day two of rallies

10 Apr, 08:28 PM

Georgians are again rallying in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi to demand the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili. The opposition has promised to hold daily rallies from 15:00 to 21:00 until the president resigns. This morning, according to Novosti Gruzia, 500 people remained on the square in front of the parliament building. Rustaveli Street, the major thoroughfare leading to the square, remains closed.

Saakashvili met with Turkish executives this morning to sign a memorandum on the construction of a hydroelectric plant. He then made it clear in a lengthy live television appearance that he expects to remain in office until the end of his term in 2013. “I think yesterday was very important for our democracy; one part of our society has expressed its will as it should correspond to a country with a high-level culture and a country that is in the process of becoming a European democracy,” he said, in a translation provided by

Saakashvili has repeatedly expressed his government’s willingness to hold talks with the opposition.

The opposition has announced plans to begin rallies in front of the presidential residence and public broadcasting facilities as well. United opposition leader Levan Gachechiladze announced its intentions to hold a civil disobedience action in Tbilisi at 6pm this evening.

Georgia saw a mass rally of opposition groups yesterday demanding the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili. Opposition leader Irakly Aslania told journalists yesterday that attendance at the event had peaked at 130,000. Other estimates put the number at 100,000 less than that figure. Five members of the youth movement Why? were reported by Novosti Gruzia to have been beaten late last night on Rustaveli St. by unidentified masked assailants.

Tags: Georgia, Tbilisi, opposition protests

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