A rally "Home to Europe" will be held on central Rustaveli Avenue, in front of the Georgian Parliament building, in the evening of June 24, in the wake of the recent decision of the European Council to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, while Georgia received European perspective, meaning that the country will receive the status if it addresses the priorities set by the European Commission earlier this month.
The rally is organized by a civil movement "Shame" and other NGOs.
The organizers said on Friday that demands over “de-oligarchization of Georgia” and the action plan would be announced to the public during the rally, and that a group of people would be presented to demonstrators who “will lead Georgia home to Europe."
"No matter what promise the government makes, we do not believe that it will be faithful to its words, because it has only proved its loyalty to the oligarch [referring to the founder of the Georgian Dream ruling party Bidzina Ivanishvili] over years.. They [the government] broke the promise made to the Georgian people when the bill on the proportional electoral system was rejected, and they broke the promise given to Europe when they withdrew from the EU-mediated agreement. Therefore, we, the Georgian people, must take responsibility for the implementation of reforms,” said the organizers
They claimed that the process had already been kicked off by an “unprecedented, a very large-scale rally on June 20, which demonstrated that between Ivanishvili and Euroope, the Georgian people chose Europe.”
The government has pledged that they would meet all the priorities set by the European Commission for the country to be granted the candidate status.
The priorities refer to various reforms, including in the judiciary, the engagement of the civil sector and steps against de-oligarchization.