Saralidze, Machalikashvili Resume Protest, Demand Government Resignation

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The FINANCIAL — Zaza Saralidze, father of one of the teenagers murdered in Tbilisi in December 2017, and Malkhaz Machalikashvili, father of terror-related case suspect who was shot during the State Security Service (SSS) operation on December 26 last year and succumbed to his injuries two weeks later, resumed protest rallies in front of old parliament building, demanding government resignation.

The rally came less than a week after the interim parliamentary commission leading the probe into the investigation of the teen murder case in Tbilisi, which left two 16 year-olds – Davit Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili – stabbed to death, concluded its three-month work with two controversial reports.

Saralidze also announced that he would go on a hunger strike until all of his demands are fulfilled, and until “justice is restored in the country.” “My particular demand is that the government should resign, provisional government should be appointed, and discussions over snap elections should start,” Saralidze stated.

On his part, Machalikashvili reiterated his earlier claims about his son’s innocence. He also asked everyone to join the rally and stand together against “such cruelty” and to make sure “no similar crimes are covered up anymore.” “I call on all of you living in Georgia to come and stand next to us to break the system and make everyone – who have committed this cruel and terrible crime – pay for what they have done,” Machalikashvili stated.


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