Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Tbilisi on Friday evening after the European Union’s decision to delay Georgia’s accession to the European Union. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of the government, which they accuse of deteriorating relations with the European Union and authoritarian tendencies, AFP reported.
Demonstrators carrying Georgian and European Union flags gathered around the parliament building. We, the Georgian people, We demand the resignation of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the formation of a new government that implements the reforms required by the European Union.– said one of the protest organizers, Szuta Degmalashvili.
“We are giving the government a week to meet this demand,” he added. He also announced another pro-EU demonstration on 3 July.
On Thursday, Ukraine was granted the status of a candidate country to join the European Union, and you are also on this path. Take action, we will help you! Glory to Georgia, glory to Ukraine! – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday to the participants of the anti-government demonstration in Tbilisi – Interfax of Ukraine reported.
Although my knowledge of Georgian is not perfect, my feelings for you are sincere – Zelensky admitted addressing thousands of demonstrators in front of the Georgian parliament.
He also thanked the citizens of Georgia who are fighting alongside the Ukrainian armed forces against Russian aggression, and noted: Donbass and Crimea are Ukrainian territory, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are Georgian.
Also speaking at the meeting was the Adviser to the Head of the President’s Office, David Arashamiya, who confirmed that the place of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova is in Europe. Ukraine will do everything possible to ensure Georgia joins the great European family – He said. He also expressed the hope that “Georgians will correctly assess the actions of the current government of the Georgia Dream.
Ukraine and Moldova were granted EU candidate status on Thursday, but European Council President Charles Michel announced that Georgia could only obtain EU candidate status after addressing him. Priority issues. The European Commission requests from Tbilisi, among other things Reforming the judiciary and the electoral system and ensuring freedom of the media It looks like AFP.
On Monday, more than 120,000 people took to the streets of Tbilisi to demand Georgia’s entry into the European Union. Pro-European organizations and all opposition formations invited Georgians to participate in the “March for Europe”. A few days ago, the European Commission recommended that Georgia be given a European perspective, but without the status of a candidate country for EU membership.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili tweeted on Thursday that her country is ready “Work resolutely in the coming months to obtain candidate status” for the European Union.
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