TBILISI, Georgia – In response to President Mikheil Saakashvili’s refusal to resign Friday, opposition leaders urged people to protest daily at 3 p.m. in front of Parliament, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and the president’s administration building in Avlabari.
“We are not going to break into the buildings, our disobedience will just be demonstrations,” Levan Gachechiladze told a crowd Friday, April 10, gathered in front of Parliament. The number of people wasn’t estimated to be as high as yesterday — about 55,000 — but there were still tens of thousands of demonstrators out for the second day of protests.
Friday had a slightly different organization for the demonstration: protesters were asked to go to the three locations at 6 p.m., marching through the streets to convene again at Parliament at 9 p.m.
Kakha Kukava, Conservative Party spokesman and Eka Beselia, Movement for United Georgia, also made speeches.
Irakli Batiashvili, a prominent member of the Alliance for Georgia, announced that people from the region of Shidakartli were planning to attend Friday’s demonostrations, but they were prevented from traveling to Tbilisi on the Tbilisi-Gori Highway. Interior Ministry officials denied the claim.
Batiashvili also claimed that Georgia Public Broadcasting was being blocked in Western Georgia, though media sources in the region contended they were seeing all the programming.