Tbilisi Rally against Russian Annexation Puts GD under Pressure
Author: By Zviad Adzinbaia
Around 30,000 people from across the country gathered in Tbilisi on November 15 to protest against Russia’s attempts to annex the breakaway region of Abkhazia, which has been under the of Russian forces since 1993.
The main subject of demonstration was the Government’s perceived silence regarding the recently revealed signing of an Alliance and Integration document between the Abkhaz marionette government and Russia, another step towards formal annexation of the coastal territory.
Citizens carried Georgian, US and European flags as well as placards with slogans such as “stop Putin” or “Russia is Georgia’s enemy”, expressing their desire for Georgia to join the European family and rid itself of Russian influence.
Ukrainian flags were also carried to show solidarity with Kyiv, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March this year. According to the main organizers of the event, UNM, Georgia and Ukraine were tightly connected due to the Russian occupations of their respective lands.
“Russia uses the same scenario which was previously experienced in Abkhazia when the occupation occurred in 1993, as this Soviet country wants to rebuild the empire,” said Mikheil Saakashvili, UNM leader and former President of Georgia.