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Georgia: How Protests Are Changing Eurasia

MIN READJun 4, 2018 | 17:47 GMT

(Stratfor)

Just weeks after a wave protests led to a change of government in Armenia, a major protest movement is gripping neighboring Georgia. The demonstrations were sparked by a court's failure to convict two teenagers of murder after a deadly brawl in December. Protest leader Zaza Saralidze, the father of one of the brawl victims, demanded the resignation of the country's chief prosecutor, Irakli Shotadze. Despite the prosecutor's resignation May 31, the protests have gathered steam, with demonstrators now seeking the ouster of Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and his Cabinet. Over the weekend, thousands of people took to the streets, with Saralidze calling on "all Georgian political parties to join forces and to dismantle this system together." On June 4, protests continued in the Georgian capital with a transit strike that has shut down Tbilisi's metro system....

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