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NGO and human rights defenders held a protest action near the Georgian parliament2009-11-25 16:21
Today, representatives of non-governmental and human rights organizations held a protest action near the parliament building in Georgia. The action was also attended by representatives of human rights organizations from the neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Participants of the picket protested against the amendments to Meetings and Manifestations Law passed by the parliament several months ago, as well as against the recent arrest of the young leaders of the opposition.
The picketers measured the distance from the parliament to the spot where policemen arrested the activists of the November 7 Movement Dzhaba Dzhishkariani, Dacha Tsaguria and Irakliy Kordzaya on November 23. They found out that the distance did not exceed the limit specified by the new law concerning meetings and manifestations, which is 20 meters. Basing upon this fact, participants of the actions decided that the arrest of the oppositionists was illegal. They demanded that the authorities should punish those policemen who arrested three activists of the November 7 Movement, as well as the judge who awarded them a 500-laris fine.
Participants of the actions believe that the very law is wrong as well and demand making relevant amendments. As is known, after the spring-summer period of the protest actions held by the opposition, the Georgian parliament passed amendments to Meetings and Manifestations Law on the initiative of the ruling majority; they imply a number of restrictions, including those on holding actions near state buildings and on motor-road blocking.