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How Tbilisi marked May 9: the first ‘Immortal Regiment’ and a counter-demonstration

The police kept the two opposing camps separate, one person was arrested

Two demonstrations took place today for May 9 – also known ass Victory Day, a celebration of the end of WWII and the surrender of Nazi Germany.

Several dozen people came out for a march of the Immortal Regiment which is being held in Georgia for the first time.

Much of the public believes that the demonstration is part of a Russian propaganda campaign, and thus a number of activists came out in protest of the march.

Tbilisi, May 9, 2019 Photo: Patrik Salat, JAMnews

Only a handful of Georgian veterans remain

Tbilisi, May 9, 2019 Photo: Patrik Salat, JAMnews

Some participants held not only portraits of relatives killed in the war, but also portraits of Stalin and red Soviet flags – despite the ban in Georgia on the use of Soviet symbols.

Tbilisi, May 9, 2019 Photo: Patrik Salat, JAMnews

Tbilisi, May 9, 2019 Photo: Patrik Salat, JAMnews

Tbilisi, May 9, 2019 Photo: Patrik Salat, JAMnews

Tbilisi, May 9, 2019 Photo: Patrik Salat, JAMnews

Tbilisi, May 9, 2019 Photo: Patrik Salat, JAMnews

Between the participants of both demonstrations, police cordons were set up in Vake Park. One of the participants of the “counter-demonstration” was detained. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, he tried to hit participants of the march with a flag pole.

Tbilisi, May 9, 2019 Photo: Patrik Salat, JAMnews

This morning, veterans, politicians, government officials and the public gathered in Vake Park to honor the memory of those killed in the Second World War.


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