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Protesters Demand Protection of Georgians in Abkhazia

Author: Zviad Adzinbaia

The Abkhaz Meeting, a union composed of more than 25 non-governmental organizations, held a protest action on April 14 demanding protection of the rights of Georgian citizens living in Gali in the occupied territory of Abkhazia.

The protest came in response to pressure exerted on almost 35,000 Georgian citizens living in Gali, who refused to accept Russian citizenship and face daily threats coming from both Russian occupation forces on the ground and the Abkhazian de-facto regime.

The main message of the peaceful gathering was “after 37 years, we still need to defend our language from the aggressor”, a reference to mass protest movements in 1978, when the Soviet center, Moscow decided to ban Georgian as the official language in the country. “This is the very continuation of what our northern neighbour started decades ago,” one of the participants told Georgia Today.

The gathering organized by the social Movement Dabruneba, involved several institutions, including the Social Movement Iveria, Movement for Freedom and Euro Integration, representatives of United National Movement, the main oppositional party in Georgia and Professors from Sokhumi State University (IDP institution from Abkhazia).

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Defense Minister Speaks at the Parliamentary Committee Hearing

Author: Ana Lomtadze

Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze provided a report on the Georgian security environment and Ministry’s position regarding security challenges to MPs at the Defense and Security Committee hearing on April 8th. The parliamentary hearing was followed by a closed meeting with a number of lawmakers with whom Janelidze shared classified information regarding the French- arms deal that has recently been politicized due to Democratic Leader Irakli Alasania’s accusations against the government’s decisions.

Janelidze opened his speech with a general discussion on Georgia’s security. He noted that country’s security context is shaped by the Russian military threat in the region as well as by the intentional involvement of Moscow in Georgia’s politics which aims to alter Tbilisi’s Euro-Atlantic course. The Minister also underlined the importance of developments in neighbouring countries and talked about the significance of the Ukrainian crisis for Georgia.

“The current security environment in Georgia is predominantly influenced by the processes in the country’s breakaway regions which are occupied by Russian forces, as well as by the recent crisis in Ukraine that has further exacerbated the conflict between the West and Moscow,” said Janelidze.

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