Demonstrators in Georgia protest to continue EU integration

2023-04-10 15:38:58 | Last Update : 2023-04-10 15:47:59

Thousands of demonstrators in Georgia protested the government's departure from the EU integration process. Protesters argued for the need to approach the European Bloc. They also criticized its proximity to Russia.

Demonstrators in Georgia protest to continue EU integration

Thousands of protesters protested in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, to keep the country on the path to EU candidacy.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the parliament on Sunday. They called on the government to implement the necessary reforms for Georgia's integration into the EU.

THEY WANTED TO APPROACH TO THE EUROPEAN BLOCK

The rally was organized by the United National Movement (UNM), the main opposition party founded by jailed ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Waving Georgian and EU flags, protesters chanted closer ties for the European Bloc.

THEY CONDEMNED RUSSIA

Protesters also carried banners with messages of support for Saakashvili, who is serving a six-year jail term for abuse of power, as well as several more condemning Russia.

Opposition leaders from the UNM addressed the crowd, accusing the government of backsliding on democracy and acting under Russia's influence.

WHAT HAPPENED?

They vegan the government led by Prime Ministerli Garibashvili for failing to secure Georgia's EU candidate status last year because it did not fulfill the 12-point criteria set out by the EU.

Georgia, along with Moldova, applied for EU membership on March 3 last year, following Ukraine's application on Feb. 28, just four days after Russia launched its first attacks.

On June 17, the EU Commission granted candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova but said Georgia's bid would be reassessed once it meets the bloc's requirements.​​

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