Georgian top official: Authorities to respect law during opposition rallies
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 24 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
All political parties in a democratic state must have the right to freely express their opinions and Georgia is no different, Georgian First Deputy Speaker Mikhail Machavariani told Trend today.
"The Georgian authorities intend to act strictly in accordance with the law in regards to the rallies scheduled for tomorrow in front of parliament," he said.
The National Council will launch rallies in front of parliament at 3:00 p.m. The council is expected to elect a new leadership at 5:00 p.m. According to the council's representatives, if more people gather, the question of President Mikheil Saakashvili's tenure will be aroused.
"This is not the first nor the last rally in the country, and it does not matter where it runs - in front of parliament or anywhere else," Machavariani said.
According to the official, it is unclear if the event could grow into a violent confrontation.
"It is better to ask the campaign organizers because they would know better, but the Georgian authorities will act under existing legislation," Machavariani said.