2019-07-08 13:19:00

Georgian priests demand square before parliament be cleared of protesters' banners

Tbilisi, July 8, Interfax - Tensions are again increasing in Tbilisi as participants in a rally protesting the Dignity March announced by LGBT activists, which was cancelled on Monday, are arriving at the square in front of the parliament, where young people demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia have been protesting for 18 days.

The clergymen who lead the rally told reporters they plan to ask the city hall to remove the protesters' posters and banners from the square.

"We demand that the city hall clean up the square and stop this madness which has been going on in the capital for so many days. Once our demand is fulfilled, we will conduct a church service on the square, priest Nikoloz Chkhikvadze told reporters.

The rally participants are currently peacefully occupying the square in front of parliament, holding their protest under slogans promoting the sanctity of family.

Protesters were expected to gather on the square on Monday evening and hold an exhibition of Georgian photographers' works under the slogan "Photographers against Occupation."