The Alliance of Patriots of Georgia Demands the Restoration of Justice

The Alliance of Patriots of Georgia Demands the Restoration of Justice

Protest Rally Against "Cohabitation" With the Former Tyrannical Government.
25,000 participants, Tbilisi, Georgia

On January 31, 2015, the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia gathered more than 25,000 people during its rally in the city of Tbilisi against the announced by the current government "cohabitation" with the former, tyrannical regime of Mikheil Saakashvili.

On January 31, 2015, the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia gathered more than 25,000 people during its rally in the city of Tbilisi against the announced by the current government "cohabitation" with the former, tyrannical regime of Mikheil Saakashvili.

The demonstration under the slogan "NO to Political Terrorism! NO to Cohabitation!" began near the Rustaveli monument in the center of Tbilisi, and continued with a march towards the building of Parliament. The demonstrators were demanding the restoration of justice and the immediate investigation of the crimes committed by Saakashvili’s regime, which terrorized the Georgian population throughout the 10-year period of its rule.

After the downfall of Saakashvili’s dictatorial regime in 2012, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia received more than 22,000 claims related to the crimes of the former government. These were claims about the numerous cases of humiliation, beatings, tortures, and murders of citizens, as well as illegal seizures of property and other crimes, which were regularly conducted throughout the country by the fanatical authorities of Saakashvili’s tyrannical system.

However, as soon as the new government came to power, instead of punishing Saakashvili and his officials for their crimes against the citizens, it publicly announced a so-called "cohabitation" with the former regime. Following this direction, the Prosecutor’s Office investigated none of the 22,000 claims of Georgian citizens. Furthermore, the chain of murders of unwanted opponents by the former regime continued. Thus, one of the human rights activists Yuri Vazagashvili, who was fighting against Saakashvili’s regime and emphasizing the necessity of restoration of justice after its downfall, was killed on January 20, 2015. He was blown up by a hand grenade planted at the grave of his son, Zurab Vazagashvili, who was shot dead by police officers of Saakashvili's regime during a "demonstrative operation" in 2006. While Yuri Vazagashvili was alive, he was continuously campaigning for the punishment of Saakashvili and his criminal authorities, as well as the police officers involved in the operation, in which his son and another man, Aleksandre Khubulov, were killed.

During its large-scale rally with more than 25,000 participants, the leaders of the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia and the protesters demanded the immediate cancellation of the so-called "cohabitation" and the punishment of the former government’s criminal authorities under the law.

As a result of the party’s rally, the current government and the Prosecutor’s Office announced publicly the launch of investigation into the cases of the former government’s crimes. Five days after this large-scale rally, the Prosecutor’s Office stated that it had solved the case of Yuri Vazagashvili, and that the trail leads to Ukraine, where Mikheil Saakashvili and most of criminal authorities of his regime fled after its downfall and are currently present. The investigation showed that it was a contract killing, and one of the murderers was caught. However, the second participant of the murder managed to escape by flying from Tbilisi to Ukraine.