Flowers at the memorial, rally, procession and other plans on April 9th
It has been 32 years since the peaceful protest rally on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi demanding Georgia’s independence.
On April 9, 1989, Soviet troops dispersed protesters using firearms, barracks, and poison gas. 21 people were killed, mostly women. Hundreds were injured.
Leaders of opposition parties arrived in front of parliament overnight on the occasion. Politicians will appear at the April 9 Memorial today, in the morning.
Singer Gia Gachechiladze (unknown) plans to establish and rally the People’s Movement on April 9. He said yesterday that the rally would be apolitical. He is going to march from Europe Square to the Patriarchate with his supporters.
“We see that the Georgian Dream can not ease the dangerous situation for the country. On the one hand, we see destructive parties thirsting for power, with their own auxiliary media, and on the other hand, the Georgian Dream, which is weak, can no longer meet the public order. Interests and is busy maintaining power. That is why we believe that it is necessary to hear the voice of the Georgian society. “ – said Gia Gachechiladze.
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EU warning and the future of the Georgian economy on the scales of Themis
The already approved legislative changes related to judges were sent by the authorities to the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe following a stern warning received from Brussels.
After the MEPs, the Georgian government was warned by the EU executive about the risks of suspending financial assistance. Western warnings clearly state that if the process of selecting judges for the Supreme Court is not reviewed in full compliance with the recommendations of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, macro-financial assistance to Georgia may be suspended.
According to economists, the suspension of aid will significantly hurt Georgia’s already weakened economy.
Now the country is waiting for the next recommendations of the Venice Commission. Nazi Janezashvili, a member of the High Council of Justice of Georgia, considers it too late to send the Law on Common Courts to the Venice Commission, as the law has already entered into force and the High Council of Justice has started accepting additional applications from new candidates. According to him, as the partners speak openly about the clan rule in the court, the Venice Commission will also have relevant recommendations for the law today.
How big a loss could Georgia face? Read more In the article by Lela Kunchulia.
“Astrazenekat” in Georgia over 55 years old age groups are vaccinated
According to the Deputy Minister of Health of Georgia Tamar Gabunia, the vaccination process of “Astrazenecat” will be carried out in the age group over 55 years. According to him, the relevant recommendation was issued by the Council of Experts together with the staff of the Ministry of Health and the Center for Disease Control:
The “Astrazeneca” vaccination program will be continued in the 55-year-old age group, as is currently the case. Further expansion by age group will no longer occur for Astrazeneca at this stage. As for the first vaccination and the next vaccination again Astrazenecat, in this case a recommendation for any change is not necessary and does not exist. “Thus, those who have safely received the first dose of the vaccine in any age group can also get the second dose of the vaccine when they already have the vaccine at intervals of 8 and 12 weeks.” – Tamar Gabunia said at a briefing at the Ministry of Health.
The President will deliver his annual report to Parliament
Today, on April 9, the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili will deliver her annual report at the extraordinary session of the Parliament. Today is a holiday, but the deputies will still listen to Salome Zurabishvili.
The diplomatic corps will not attend the presentation of the President’s report. The reason for this was named pandemic-related measures. According to Interpressnews, members of the government will attend the session, but without Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, as he has been confirmed with the coronavirus. The contact of the Prime Minister was also with the President. On April 6, he went into self-isolation because of this.
According to the constitution, the president goes to parliament once a year to deliver a speech. The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili will present her annual report to the legislature for the third time.
The interrogation of Afghan Mukhtarli is planned at the Prosecutor’s Office today
Azerbaijani journalist Afghan Mukhtarli is due to be questioned by the prosecutor’s office for the second time today. He was summoned to the agency yesterday, but Afghan Mukhtarli said the prosecution had not hired an interpreter, which is why he was summoned for the next day.
As Mukhtarli told reporters after leaving the prosecutor’s office, he was met by a Turkish translator, which he refused. After an hour-and-a-half wait, another translator was brought in, but after a 2-hour interview, it turned out that he did not speak Azerbaijani either.
Later, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia clarified the issue of offering an interpreter for an Azerbaijani journalist. As we read in the statement, Mukhtarli said that none of the two translators could provide a translation into a language he understood, and he refused a third invitation.
Afghan Mukhtarli, a journalist critical of the Azerbaijani authorities, disappeared from Tbilisi on May 29, 2017, and on May 30, it became known that he had been arrested in Azerbaijan on charges of illegal border crossing and currency smuggling. The journalist stated from the very beginning that representatives of the Georgian law enforcement agencies were involved in his abduction from Tbilisi and his extradition to the Azerbaijani side. The ongoing investigation into Mukhtarli’s case in Georgia has so far yielded no results.
The Azerbaijani and Turkish military have launched a two-day joint exercise
On April 8, Azerbaijan announced a two-day military exercise with Turkey aimed at “improving interaction” between the two countries’ armed forces.
Other details are unknown. The Turkish military command has not commented on the joint exercises.
This is the second military exercise on the territory of Azerbaijan this year. During the tactical maneuvers held on March 15-19, Azerbaijan deployed 10,000 troops, up to 100 tanks and other armored vehicles, up to 200 artillery and rocket launchers, up to 30 military aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles, which, according to analysts, Completely changed during the 44-day hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh in September-November last year.
Joe Biden has announced new measures to reduce gun violence
US President Joe Biden on April 8 announced new measures to reduce gun violence, a violence he called “Health Crisis”.
The announcement of these new measures by Joe Biden on April 8 was attended by Vice President Kamala Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Today we are taking steps to prevent not only the arms crisis but also the real health crisis.” – said Joe Biden while addressing the parents and relatives of people killed in gun violence in the White House yard.
“This is an epidemic that we must stop.” Said Biden.
I did not make adrenaline for Maggie – the content of the contradictory testimonies of the doctor
The doctor, who was accused of giving false testimony in the case of Megi Bakradze, a nurse who died after being vaccinated in Akhaltsikhe, said in his second testimony to the investigation on March 25 that he had not been given adrenaline after the nurse allegedly showed signs of anaphylactic shock.
Thus, the accused Violeta Inasaridze completely invalidates both the first testimony given for the investigation and the comment made to the journalists, where she stated that she made adrenaline for the 28-year-old nurse with her own hands.
“I thought it was just a reaction, or an allergic reaction, because I have seen so much of it. This is normal. “It could have been emotional, it could have been an emotional child, and I thought it was not an alarming situation.” – Violeta Inasaridze told this to the investigator on March 25, in her second testimony.
When asked by the investigator, “What did you do directly during this time?” – The doctor answers: “In principle, I did not do anything, I just asked how it was and handed it over to a reliable person.”
Why did the doctor give false testimony and what did Violeta Inasaridze tell the investigation. Read testimonials in Nino Tarkhnishvili’s article.
Who remembers April 30 30 years ago, how their memory of that day and night was preserved, what they believed then and what they were disappointed with, why they are heartbroken and what they are proud of – Radio Liberty asked the signatories of the Independence Act to restore the picture of April 9 30 years ago.