TBILISI, DFWatch – The opposition party Georgian Dream continues to run into trouble about the location for its rallies around the country. This time a rally is planned for Rustavi, a town 20 km south of the capital, but city hall turned down the application to use a particular location.
Bidzina Ivanishvili, leader of the coalition, held his first large rally in Tbilisi on May 27. Since then he and his team have held rallies periodically at weekends in different parts of Georgia.
The next date and location is always announced at the end of a rally, but every time, there are problems with getting permission to hold the next rally where the coalition wants.
This time, it had two alternatives for locations, which were proposed to Rustavi city hall, but they were denied permission for both locations.
Georgian Dream spokesperson Maia Panjikidze said the coalition will still hold the rally at the location they wanted.
“According to current regulations, if the rally doesn’t exceeds three hours it is not necessary to get permission for it. That’s why we decided to hold the rally at 19:00 on August 19 in Rustavi.”
Representatives for city hall suggested alternative locations to the coalition for its rally, and warned that without permission organizers will be punished.