Monthly Archives: November 2020

Covid-19 restrictions causing extreme hardship for residents of Gali, Abkhazia

By | November 30th, 2020|Categories: News|

Enguri Bridge. GALI, DFWatch--The pandemic has caused an extremely difficult situation for tens of thousands of Gali residents whose livelihood depends on commuting to Georgia proper. The restrictions to halt the spread of Covid-19 have exacerbated the situation for locals here in Gali, a mostly ethnic Georgian area of Abkhazia, where residents are already suffering under [...]

Georgia goes into lockdown as surge in Covid-19 cases threatens to overwhelm healthcare system

By | November 26th, 2020|Categories: News|

Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced drastic new measures after consultations with major businesses and business unions. (Imedi.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government on Thursday announced new restrictions amid a skyrocketing number of Covid-19 cases and deaths, and with a healthcare system on the verge of collapse. The new measures, though anticipated, are much less strict than what [...]

With power cuts and poor Internet, remote learning no substitute for closed schools during Covid-19 in Gali, Abkhazia

By | November 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Public school in the village Sida, Gali district. (DFWatch) GALI, DFWatch--School closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic are worsening an already difficult situation in Gali district  in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia. Teachers are struggling to continue classes remotely, but with unstable electricity supply and a lack of computers and Internet, few students are able to [...]

ECHR finds Georgia in violation of right to life in Roin Shavadze murder case

By | November 19th, 2020|Categories: News|

TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday found Georgia in violation of ARticle 2 - the right to life - in the high-profile case of torture and death of Georgian sergeant, an Iraq War veteran. In its judgment, the ECHR unanimously held that “there has been a violation of Article 2 of the Convention [...]

US State Dep official calls on opposition parties in Georgia to work within, not boycott parliament

By | November 18th, 2020|Categories: News|

Opposition parties held a “silent rally” on Rustaveli Avenue. (Formula TV) The Georgian opposition should call off their threats of boycotting parliament and instead fight for change within the parliament, a senior US State Department official told the traveling press at a briefing Wednesday. “So to see them calling for a boycott again is like watching [...]

As Georgia records 3,157 new Covid-19 cases, government considers using indoor arena to treat patients

By | November 16th, 2020|Categories: News|

Amiran Gamkrelidze, director of Georgia's National Center for Disease Control. ( TBILISI, DFWatch--A few months ago, Georgia was commended for its success in containing Covid-19, but in the last few weeks the country has seen a record spread of the virus causing the disease.  There are growing concerns that the health care system is failing to [...]

One injured as opposition clash with GFF staff over government officials’ attending Georgia – North Macedonia match despite Covid-19 restrictions

By | November 13th, 2020|Categories: News| Activists quoted from Georgia Orwell's book Animal Farm, that 'some animals are more equal than others'. At least one person was injured during a brawl at the offices of the Georgian Football Federation Friday, during an opposition rally against the presence of high-ranking government officials at the UEFA Cup qualifier between Georgia and North Macedonia [...]

Georgian government meets opposition for talks to end post-election deadlock

By | November 13th, 2020|Categories: News|

The EU ambassador's car leaving the US ambassador's residence after the meeting. (Video grab from Mtavari Arkhi.) Government and opposition representatives met for the first time Thursday evening at the residence of US Ambassador Kelly Degnan to look for solutions to the continuing political crisis in the country. The meeting lasted three hours and was attended [...]

Shots fired outside residence of Georgian Dream leader Bidzina Ivanishvili

By | November 6th, 2020|Categories: News|

Opposition rally at the residence of Bidzina Ivanishvili (RFE/RL) TBILISI, DFWatch--Shots were fired outside the residence of Georgian Dream leader, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili on Friday, during a rally by the opposition party United National Movement and its allies to protest what they call “total rigging” of the October 31 parliamentary election. No-one was injured in the [...]

Georgian opposition demands election results canceled and CEC head’s resignation

By | November 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|

CEC chairwoman Tamar Zhvania is confronted by an opposition member of the CEC during an announcement of preliminary results. TBILISI, DFWatch--Eight of the nine political parties which qualified for seats in Georgia’s new parliament declare the October 31 election fraudulent and demand a new election and the resignation of the head of the Central Election Commission. [...]

Georgia’s ruling party declares resounding victory, but opposition rejects election results, claiming fraud

By | November 1st, 2020|Categories: News|

Nika Melia, UNM's candidate for the Tbilisi district Gldani. TBILISI, DFWatch--The ruling party holds a significant lead after Georgia’s general election, according to the Central Elections Commission, and will be able to form a new government without the need for a coalition. The opposition, meanwhile, refuses to accept the election results released by CEC, insisting they [...]