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Demonstration in Georgia after postponement of EU candidacy

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Waving Georgian and European flags, the demonstrators gathered around the parliament, where they sounded the anthem of the European Union, noted an AFP journalist on the spot.

Several pro-European organizations and all opposition parties had called for demonstrations to increase pressure on the ruling Georgian Dream party, accused of authoritarian drift and of having deteriorated relations with Brussels.

We, the people of Georgia, demand that [le premier ministre] Irakli Garibachvili resigns and that a new government be established to carry out all the reforms required by the European Union. »

A quote from Shota Digmelashvili, one of the organizers of the demonstration

We give the government a week to meet our requesthe added, specifying that a new demonstration will take place on July 3.

Whatever the promises made by the Georgian government, we do not believe that it will keep its wordclaimed the organizers of the demonstration on Facebook.

The Georgian people must defend their European choicethey pointed out.

Tbilisi has applied for membership of theEU with Ukraine and Moldova after Russia launched its offensive against its Ukrainian neighbour.

Extensive reforms required

On Thursday, European leaders decided to grant official candidate status to Kyiv and Chisinau and said ready to grant candidate status in Tbilisi once in-depth reforms have been carried out.

However, the European Council has decided to recognize the European perspective of Georgiawhich Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili called a gesture historical.

We are ready to work with determination over the next few months to achieve candidate status.she wrote Thursday on Twitter.

For its part, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream party defended its democratic record and accused the opposition of seeking to overthrow the authorities by staging anti-government protests.

At a press conference, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibachvili also assured on Friday that his government was mobilized to fulfill the conditions of theEU and to obtain candidate status as soon as possible.

Monday, at least 120,000 people took to the streets of Tbilisi to demand membership of the European Union of this former Soviet republic of the Caucasus, a record for decades.

Last week, the European Commission said it would assess by the end of 2022 how Georgia fulfills a number of conditions before granting it candidate status.

Priorities identified by the Commission include ending political polarization as well as progress on media freedom and judicial and electoral reforms.

Georgia wants to join theEU and theNATO For years. Against the background of these ambitions, a short war opposed it in 2008 to Russia, which immediately recognized the independence of two Georgian separatist territories.

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