May 17 rally 2013

Controversy continues over what really happened in Tbilisi on May 17, 2013, and who is to blame. (DFWatch photo.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava criticizes President Mikheil Saakashvili for having ‘incorrectly ordered’ his facts while commenting on a gay rights rally last week.

Saakashvili criticized the LGBT activists for having planned a rally the same day as there was an official day of mourning, in respect for three ISAF soldiers who died in Afghanistan.

But Ugulava pointed out that the day of mourning was May 16; the day before the planned LGBT rally.

“I think manipulating the facts is incorrect,” Ugulava explained.

This is the first time a member of the United National Movement criticizes the party leader, but Ugulava’s statement is not perceived as a confrontation.

He also criticized Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.

“[Ivanishvili’s] statement like Saakasvhili’s was mainly correct, but both had details which I would call coquettery.”