Day 3: Georgian Protesters start blocking city streets

Ketevan Tsamebuli Ave. blocked by demonstrators. Photo by Giorgi Pkhachiashvili

Ketevan Tsamebuli Ave. blocked by demonstrators. Photo by Giorgi Pkhachiashvili

TBILISI, Georgia – The Georgian anti-government protesters were starting to block the city streets in heavily traffiked locations on Saturday. On Sunday Oppositional leaders plan to go to church and prey for the peace, as it is Georgian Christian Orthodox Saint Day.  After the mass they will make informational demonstration.

As Eka Beselia, member of Movement for United Georgia announced, they will start blocking the streets again on Monday.

Today at 4 p.m. anti-government protesters have blocked four key locations in Tbilisi: Ketevan Tsamebuli Avenue in Avlabari, near the President’s administration building; Kostava Avenue in front of the Georgia Public Broadcaster; Rustaveli Avenue in front of Parliament; and Vaja Pshavela Avenue in front of Rustavi 2 TelevisionBy 4.30 the largest number of protesters, nearly 5,000, gathered near the Parliament. The leaders decided half of them should join protesters near Georgia Public Broadcaster and protesters in Avlabari, as by 4.15 less then fifty people gathered in Avlabari at Ketevan Tsamebuli Avenue.

By 4.40 Protesters in Avlabari were joined by the protesters from the Parliament headed by Eka Beselia, Movement for United Georgia and Kakha Kukava, The Conservative Party. They blocked the street. p>
By 4.45 p.m. thousands of Protesters gathered in front of Public Broadcaster. There are mostly supporters of Alliance for Georgia and United Opposition. The protesters marching from the Parliament also joined them. They plan to march towards Rustavi2 and block Vaja Pshavela Avenue for a short time.

As Levan Gachechiladze, the leader of The United Opposition, announced Rustavi2 will be one of the hot spots from Monday, as their coverage of the demonstration is biased. Maybe they are irritated with the joke of Vano Javakhishvili, in Vano’s Show at Rustavi2 at April 10, a Saakashvili-supporting TV station. He joked protesters are picking on a weak link by attacking Georgia Public Broadcaster, the old government channel, and invited them to visit their station.

Instead, he gave the address for Imedi TV, formerly an opposition television station that was the cause of Saakashvili stepping down in November 2007, after he declared martial law and attacked journalists there. Currently, Imedi is offering news considered to be more sympathetic to the administration.p>

The protesters plan to return to Parliament at 8 p.m. and continue informational demonstration there.


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