Georgian Police Storm UNM Office, Detain Opposition Party Leader Nikanor Melia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 11:17

Georgian Police detained Nika Melia, the largest opposition party leader, in the early morning of February 23 during a special operation at the United National Movement headquarters.

Law enforcers stormed the office building where Melia, fellow opposition leaders and supporters have been gathered following the Court’s February 17 order for pretrial detention.

Varying media reports said police used either tear gas or pepper spray when entering Melia’s cabinet by force, as live footage showed opposition supporters coughing.

“This is the end of this government. We are firm and united in our faith,” Melia asserted in the moments ahead of his detention. The opposition leader called PM Garibashvili and Georgian Dream founder Bidzina Ivanishvili “traitors,” adding that “no Georgian should be tried in court” for protesting a Russian MP's presence in the country's legislature.

The Interior Ministry said it used  “proportional force and special means” during the operation, arguing opposition supporters “resisted” law enforcers despite “numerous warnings.” Law enforcers also detained 21 persons, including UNM member Giorgi Baramidze,  under Article 173 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, involving disobedience of police orders.

Georgian parliamentary speaker Irakli Kobakhidze resigned from his post

Published in Politics
Friday, 21 June 2019 16:47

Georgian parliamentary speaker Irakli Kobakhidze resigned from his post on June 21 following overnight clashes between police and demonstrators outside of the parliament in Tbilisi.

A statement on Kobakhidze's resignation was read out to journalists in Tbilisi on June 21 by Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, the secretary-general of the ruling Georgian Dream party, after a meeting of the party leadership.

Although Kobakhidze was standing in the briefing room while the statement was being read out to journalists, he left the room without making any comment.

Georgian opposition leaders earlier on June 21 vowed to return to the streets of Tbilisi on the evening of June 21 to call for the resignations of I. Kobakhidze and Georgia's interior minister.

Demonstrators also are demanding early parliamentary elections in response to the political crisis that has erupted following the overnight violence.

Grigol Vashadze, chairman of the United National Movement party, called for demonstrators to gather for a rally beginning at 7 p.m. local time near the parliament building where the clashes occurred overnight.

Irakli Kobakhidze was elected as the Speaker of the Parliament on November 18, 2016.

MP Archil Talakvadze is expected to replace I. Kobakhidze.



Vano Merabishvili still remains the Secretary General of UNM

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Friday, 20 January 2017 14:35

Vano Merabishvili still remains the Secretary General of United National Movement. According to Akaki Minashvili, the political secretary of UNM, Vano Merabishvili has not expressed his desire to leave the party. He also denied reports about the possible abolition of the post of Secretary General of the party.
“This is not true. Vano Merabishvili is political prisoner and therefore, he remains as the Secretary General of United National Movement,”-Minashvili said. 

If internal partial revolution takes place in the United National Movement I will leave the party-Davit Darchiashvili

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Monday, 05 December 2016 13:45

If internal partial revolution takes place in the United National Movement I will leave the party – this statement was made by one of the members of UNM Davit Darchiashvili.
According to him, he is called traitor and reminded that Mikheil Saakashvili was unchangeable for him.
“Is the “ticket” delegate mandate at the Congress? I said that I wouldn’t take this ticket. It will not happen,”-Davit Darchiashvili said. 

The Statement of the President of Geogria Concerning the Parliamentary Elections of 2016

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Monday, 31 October 2016 15:24

“The Parliamentary Elections of 2016 have successfully been held. First of all, I would like to thank the Georgian society whose active participation resulted in this important step taken forward to the Georgian democracy.
I would like to highlight the significant role of the local and international observation missions in this process; as a result of your work, we have identified some violations, consideration and eradication of which is extremely important for the development of the Georgian democracy.
I would also like to thank the media; as a result of your efforts, you enabled the electorate to familiarize with the programs of the political forces and to cast their votes accordingly.
I would like to congratulate to the political forces, “The Georgian Dream”, “United National Movement”, and “Patriotic Alliance” for becoming the members of the Parliament and wish success in their future endeavors.
Multi-party Parliament was not achieved, and in some ways, it was our society’s choice; however, at the same time, I would like to remind to our society that the political activity does not end with the elections, but begins. Therefore, I encourage everyone to be vigorously involved in discussions, government control, and active political dialogue.
I once again congratulate on the successful conduct of the elections of October 2016!” – stated the President.

Sergo Ratiani talks about strategic ally treason

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Friday, 14 October 2016 16:08

One of the leaders of United National Movement Sergo Ratiani talks about strategic ally treason and says that the fact that Georgian delegation didn’t take part in the resolution of Ukraine’s adoption in PACE session is treason of the ally. As Ratiani said, Georgia will pay a high price for it.
“This is a treason of our strategic partner and interests. Georgia will pay a high price for it. These days the government behaves badly in the international arena. What the Georgian delegation made, is shameful ", - said Ratiani.

United National Movement's rally continues at Rose Square

Published in Society
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 17:09

The pre election protest rally organized by the United National Movement has begun at Rose Square. The partial leaders deliver speech to partial supporters.
There is a special scene at Rose Square where the leaders deliver speeches. Supporters of United National Movement from Tbilisi and regions are gathered there. 

Public Defender's Office to Monitor Rally of United National Movemen

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 11:10

The Public Defender's Office of Georgia will monitor the 5 October rally of the United National Movement in Tbilisi. In particular, representatives of the Public Defender’s Office will monitor the protection of freedom of assembly and manifestation.
At the same time, the individuals, who consider that they became victims or witnesses of human rights violations, will be able to contact the Public Defender's Office through a hotline - 14 81 (available for 24 hours a day, including the weekends and non-working hours).\
The freedom of assembly and manifestation is guaranteed by the national legislation - the Constitution of Georgia, the Law on Assemblies and Manifestations and a number of international instruments, including Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Freedoms and Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The state is obliged to promote full realization of the right to assemblies and manifestations and protect participants of peaceful assemblies from any individual or a group that tries to impede the assembly. 

We have two main rivals in elections-Bidzina Ivanishvili

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 16:10

We have two main rivals: one of them in United National Movement and second one is its youth wing, Vashadze-Kublashvili. Paata Burchuladze joined them-this statement was made by the Former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Journalists asked him who can be the main rivals in Adjara, National Movement, Republican Party or Patriots Alliance, Bidzina Ivanishvili answered that none of them.
“Georgian Dream does not have serious rival but have two main rivals: one of them in United National Movement and second one is its youth wing, Vashadze-Kublashvili. Paata Burchuladze joined them,”-said he. 

Georgia is a sovereign and independent state-Kvirikashvili in Warsaw

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Friday, 08 July 2016 16:31

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has signed a joint address of Georgia's parliamentary parties to the Warsaw Summit, in which the signatory parties confirm that, notwithstanding significant political differences and divisions between them, the country's political spectrum comes together in support of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration.
The parties appeal to the NATO member states to support and encourage Georgia's NATO membership aspirations.
It is important, the Prime Minister believes, that, despite difference of opinions on various issues, a consensus has been reached on this particular topic.
"The signatory parliamentary parties of Georgia have had substantial internal policy disagreements. Nonetheless, we are in agreement on one principle: Georgia is a sovereign and independent state, and the Georgian people are committed to building a European democracy that enshrines freedom and economic opportunities and aspires to achieving full integration in Euro-Atlantic institutions. Georgia is poised to play an important role in the collective security, democracy, and prosperity of the Euro-Atlantic community. We recognize the extraordinary regional challenges facing Georgia. Our country is partially occupied by Russia which has recognized the regions under its control as independent states.
As a result of Russia's aggression in Georgia over the past 25 years, and its military intervention in 2008, we have hundreds of thousands of IDPs. Our region is plagued by territorial disputes and armed conflicts in nearby areas. At the same time, our location is also vital as a logistics and energy corridor connecting the West and the East. We have no control over our neighbors' actions, therefore we should not be held hostage to their actions. As Georgian citizens, we uphold the principles of good neighborly relations, free and open trade, dialogue, and peaceful dispute resolution. However, we are committed to defending Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We aspire to achieving accession to the Euro-Atlantic community and to receiving full support from our partners on our path to integration in EU and NATO institutions," the declaration reads.
The document is signed by Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, President Giorgi Margvelashvili, and Speaker of the Parliament Davit Usupashvili, Georgian Dream, Republicans, Conservators, National Forum, Free Democrats, and United National Movement.

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