TBILISI, DFWatch – Three supporters of the Georgian businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili walked for five days and nights to support his right to get back his citizenship.
The ordeal started in front of Gelati, a church in Western Georgia vested with religious and historical significance, and ended at the Trinity cathedral in central Tbilisi.
Ivanishvili was stripped of his Georgian citizenship four days after announcing he would enter politics to remove the current government lead by Mikheil Saakashvili.
Georgian legislation bars a non-Georgian citizen from engaging in any kind of political activities or finance any political parties in the country.
Supporters of Ivanishvili have gathered signatures from all over the country demanding that his citizenship is restored.
Luka Kurtanidze, several times world champion in wrestling, director Soso Jachvliani and writer Merab Shatirishvili expressed this demand in a different way – with a special action.
They walked on foot for five days and nights from Gelati, which is located in the city Kutaisi in the western part of Georgia, to the Trinity cathedral in the center of Tbilisi – a distance of more than 250 kilometers.
The demonstration participants say walking from Gelati to Tbilisi is symbolic, because Gelati was built by King David the Builder. Davit Agmashenebeli, as his name is in Georgia, was a King in the eleventh century and is credited with having united the country.
Trinity cathedral was built by Bidzina Ivanishvili.