Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rustaveli Avenue Shut Down

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Rustaveli Avenue has been shut down. The enormous influx of people from West Georgia has shut down the main avenue in Tbilisi. In the last few minutes, representatives from Khelvachauria, Khulo, Shuakhevi, Kedi, and all three of Guria's regions have joined the People's Gathering (or "Public Assembly") on Rustaveli Avenue and in doing so, have shut down traffic on Rustaveli.

According to the People's Gathering's initiator, Irakli Batiashvili, they are readying themselves for a drawn-out political battle and that they do not intend to retreat.

"What this public gathering will lead to depends on the people," noted Batiashvili.

The official start time for the demonstration is at 15:00 in front of the Parliament building.

Territory stretching from the Student-Youth Palace to the First Public School is packed with protesters.

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