April 9

Georgia marks National Unity Day

By | April 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Government members attend the ceremony at April 9 memorial (government.gov.ge) Members of the Georgian government gathered on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi in order to commemorate victims of the tragedy of 9 April 1989. […]

Georgia remembers 1989, when people stood up for independence

By | April 9th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

PM Irakli Garibashvili at the 9 April monument in Tbilisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia today marks the restoration of independence in 1991. It is also a day of commemoration of an independence rally two years prior which was violently dispersed, resulting in twenty deaths. After becoming independent in 1918, Georgia […]

Georgia marks 25 years since deadly clashes with Soviet troops

By | April 9th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani took part in planting of saplings in remembrance of the 21 who died during a demonstration for Georgian independence April 9, 1989. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Members of the Georgian government today planted saplings in the Ninth of April Garden in Tbilisi, comemmorating the deadly dispersal of protesters by Soviet troops 25 years ago today. In remembrance of the tragedy, cabinet members planted […]

April 9 remembered in Georgia, 24 years on

By | April 9th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

People gathered outside the old parliament in Tbilisi to pay tribute to those who were killed on April 9, 1989. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–April 9 Georgia remembered that it was 24 years since Soviet troops dispersed a peaceful protest in Tbilisi, and 22 years since the day when Georgia restored its independence. People started arriving late night yesterday at the April 9 memorial […]

Saakashvili defends reservist plan opposition labeled paramilitaries

By | April 11th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili Monday defended a new network of voluntary reservists which the main opposition bloc has warned are paramilitaries meant for starting a civil war. Saakashvili, speaking at an event to mark 23 years since […]

Cleared away mourners and needy to make room for Saakashvili

By | April 10th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – They came holding candles to commemorate the twenty people who died here twenty three years ago. But police cleared them away to make room for President Mikheil Saakashvili’s April 9 event. Just before Saakashvili was to hold his speech, police […]

April 9 remembered in Tbilisi, 23 years later

By | April 9th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – April 9 is 21 year anniversary for the restoration of Georgia’s independence and 23 years since the Soviet Union used soldiers to disperse a peaceful protest in Tbilisi. Georgian society, government and opposition remembered this day on Rustaveli […]