TBILISI, DFWatch–Saakashvili’s National Movement party is holding a protest rally at the old parliament building in Tbilisi today. According to the Interior Ministry, several streets and squares will be blocked off in connection with the event.
There will be no traffic on Rustaveli Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Tbilisi, where the old parliament is located, from 12:00 until the end of rally, which is planned to begin at 16:00.
“Main goal of the police is to maintain public order and security, provide safety during peaceful meetings, demonstrations and massive events and to restore traffic movement,” the statement reads.
The ministry has also allocated space where participants at the rally may park their cars at a nearby area on Rustaveli Avenue.
Tbilisi City Hall considered this decision unacceptable, as it will ‘unfairly harm people living on those territories where traffic will be blocked.’
The City Hall on Thursday complained that roads never have been blocked before rallies and it is not necessary to block traffic a few hours before the rally.
City Hall suggested holding consultations in the morning about what will be better to do in regards to traffic before and during the rally in the capital.
UNM members announced the rally in February and said it was in order to protest against the new government’s change in foreign policy, as they think the Georgian Dream government is pro-Russian and endangers the country’s western perspectives.
UNM has set up a stage in front of the old parliament building, and the party’s representatives took two days leave from work in parliament to prepare for the rally.