April 9: Early Morning Vigil for 1989 victims kicks off protest

This man was one of 60 people in front of Georgia's Parliament building at 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 9. He is lighting candles to commemorate the 20 Georgians killed while marching against the Soviet Union 20 years ago at the same spot. PHOTO BY VUSULA ALIBAYLI.

This man was one of 60 people in front of Georgia's Parliament building at 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 9. He is lighting candles to commemorate the 20 Georgians killed while marching against the Soviet Union 20 years ago at the same spot. PHOTO BY VUSULA ALIBAYLI.

April 9, the day of Georgia’s opposition demonstrations, started with a commemoration to protesters who marched against Soviet occuption on Parliament 20 years ago.

Later, at 11 a.m., key opposition leaders and the president joined briefly with the Catholicos of Georgia to offer a prayer for the deceased victims, before heading off in separate directions to start a day on either side of the protests.

GIPA journalism students Vusala Alibayli and Chanim Javadova were at Parliament at 5 a.m. this morning to report:

http://alibayli.wordpress.com/2009/04/09/early-morning-vigil-starts-april-9-protest/

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