Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Protesters demand Georgian Prime Minister to resign after nght club raids

Protesters demand Georgian Prime Minister to resign after nght club raids

After a two-day silence, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has made a statement calling on both sides of the protesters - the far-right national group and the "anti-drug policy" youth - to unite and fight drugs together.

Kvirikashvili said that drugs have the claimed lives of several young people lately and this must be prevented by everyone.

May 12, the police conducted large-scale security operation in the two most popular night clubs in Tbilisi, the result of which was the arrest of eight defendants in the drug trade.

Some club-goers allege that drugs may have been planted by police.

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Critics call the operation a PR stunt by police aimed at demonstrating its commitment to enforcing strict antidrug laws and intimidate the thriving and growing club scene in the Georgian capital.

Anna Subeliani, one of the organizers of the rally, told RFE/RL's Georgian Service that they would not stop until their demands are met.

Dozens of armed police officers were deployed to remove the protest camp. "If the promises of the interior minister are not be fulfilled, we will resume the protests next Saturday", Tsikarishvili said at the rally late on Sunday.

The protesters are demanding punishment for everyone who participated in the raid.

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