President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili considers the statement made by Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Shalva Papuashvili regarding the youth to be "completely unacceptable".
According to the President, a representative of the government may not agree with the form of protest, but this does not mean that "any position gives anyone the right to insult his own citizens".
"I find the last statement made by the Speaker of the Parliament about the youth completely unacceptable.
A government official may not approve of a form of protest, but that does not mean that his position gives him the right to insult his own citizens.
Such evaluations may only serve to intensify the tension and not to restore the necessary communication with the youth, which the government should try to do by all means, especially in the light of the recent events," Salome Zurabishvili wrote on Facebook.
The Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Shalva Papuashvili, while speaking abut the March 7-8 protests, said that "politically agitated young people, who are paid 1000 GEL, are trying to make people objects of contempt with the coordination of the National Movement.