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Jehovah’s Witnesses house in Tbilisi fired at

by | Nov 26, 2015
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Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation house being built in Terjola, one of several places the religious community have met resistance from locals. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–A house used by Jehovah’s Witnesses was fired at in Tbilisi on Monday night.

Witnesses say they heard sounds of shots at about 23:00. At least 15 bullets were fired at the building. No-one was injured.

Representatives of the Kingdom Hall in Vazisubani, a Tbilisi suburb, could not explain why the incident happened.

Police launched an investigation for deliberate damage to other people’s property, a violation of article 187 of the Criminal Code.

Even though the building is located only a few hundred meters from the nearest police station, representatives of Jehova’s Witnesses say an investigation was launched only after they went to the police.

Rustavi 2 quotes Jehovah’s Witnesses elder Nukri Mirchuani saying that they weren’t aware of what had happened at night, but only learned about it in the morning.

Giorgi Muradovi, a Jehovah’s Witness, told Rustavi 2 they do not have a conflict in this district, and it is unclear why this might have happened. But it is not first time the building has been attacked. Some people threw stones at it a while ago.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are frequently harassed in Georgia, and in Terjola they were not allowed to build a congregation house. Other houses have been attacked, and there have been threats against members of the religious community.



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