I am disappointed with the position of the President, who somewhat romanticized the violence when she posted one of the videos and described it as teenagers dancing in the background of sirens, stated the Speaker of the Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili.
As Papuashvili pointed out, these sirens were police measures, which means that there was violence and therefore the police had to restore order.
"When the President romanticizes it as teenagers dancing in the background of sirens, that's certainly not the attitude the President should have toward Parliament. As the Chairman of the Parliament, I am obliged to emphasize this. Regardless of the emotional attitude of this or that person, including the President of Georgia, towards this or that issue, respect for institutions is important, and when there is a violent damage to the Parliament and an attack on the police and an operation to restore order, a police measure, what the Georgian people expect from the President is for her to call everyone for peace and not, on the contrary, to encourage more disobedience towards the police, which is eager to restore order, with some romanticism," Papuashvili said.
In addition, he thanked the law enforcement officers for how professionally they protected both the participants of the rally and the Parliament building.
"These two days were, of course, hard days for them as well. I would also like to thank the employees of the Parliament's office, who were in the building until dawn. Among them, the employees of our office had to respond first to broken windows and Molotov cocktails, the employees of the Supervisors' Service, they also had to inhale gas used during the police measure," Papuashvili said.