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Tbilisi City Hall Did not Allow Opposition Parties to Hold Demonstration on the Inauguration Day

17.01.2008
Tbilisi City Hall did not allow the United Opposition to hold demonstration on January 19-21 that aimed to walk from Rose Square to Liberty Square via Rustaveli Avenue in protest and manifesting in front of the parliament building.

Officials from the City Hall explained that on January 20 the Inauguration of the President is scheduled according to the Georgian Constitution.

“The territory, opposition partied need for demonstration, will be used for inauguration ceremony. Thus, we cannot ensure obligations determined by the Article 12, Paragraph 1 of the Georgian Law on "Assembling and Manifestations" because the planned manifestation will hinder the preparation works for the ceremony," stated the announcement of the City Hall regarding the opposition’s request. Besides that, people who breach the law will be charged under the Georgian Legislation-law offender shall be fined, his/her freedom shall be restricted for two years or shall be sentenced to one-year-long reformatory work.

Source: Medianews

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