Georgian opposition plans rally in support of Imedi TV

Georgia Materials 19 November 2007 17:15 (UTC +04:00)

( Civil ) - Nine-party opposition coalition said it planned a large scale demonstration in support of free media and Imedi TV on November 25.

"The key issues [of the demonstration] will be protection of freedom of speech and putting Imedi television back on air," Koba Davitashvili, leader of Party of People, said at a joint news conference with other opposition leaders outside the Tbilisi municipality on November 19. "The entire Georgia and the international community support us in this demand."

Davitashvili said that the protest rally would launch at 2pm on November 25 at the area called Rike. Then the demonstration will march to Freedom Square and later move outside the Parliament, he said.

"I call on all Tbilisites, all citizens of our country to gather at Rike to show to the authorities that we have not given up our struggle, our struggle continues and it will end with a final victory, which will put an end to Saakashvili's tyranny on January 5 [early presidential elections], with the victory of Levan Gachechiladze," Koba Davitashvili said.

Meanwhile, the opposition leaders said, they planned series of meetings with doctors, academicians, non-governmental organizations and journalists as part of election campaign to promote their presidential candidate, an independent lawmaker, Levan Gachechiladze.