More than 35,000 people gathered in front of the national parliament building in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, calling for a stronger pro-European course by the Georgian government and demanding a meeting of its leaders with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.
Demonstrators gathered outside the parliament on Sunday evening awaiting a meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili after the country failed to officially secure its candidacy for membership in the European Union, Deutsche Welle reports.
Citizens are calling for the government to resign after EU leaders delayed Tbilisi’s membership application, citing the need for comprehensive political reforms.
The rally that began on Sunday is the third of its kind in recent weeks, and pro-European Georgians hold the government responsible for the EU’s decision.
Brussels has demanded that Georgia implement far-reaching reforms to tackle corruption and strengthen the rule of law and protection of minority groups.
They show movies
Demonstrators have promised to keep these protests peaceful, setting up and showing pro-EU films and presentations to passers-by, reports DW.
– We want to show Europe that we are willing to remain constructive until the end and show European culture in action, even though we are very disappointed with the authorities – said one of the organizers, Giga Makarashvili, to the DPA news agency.