4 Feb 2020 13:48

Georgian opposition not to hold protest on Tues after six die in fire in village of Bagdati

TBILISI. Feb 4 (Interfax) - Members of Georgian opposition parties decided against holding a protest outside the parliamentary headquarters in Tbilisi on Tuesday after a fire in the village of Bagdati in western Georgia claimed the lives of six people.

"We have changed our minds about holding this protest following a tragic accident last night in the village of Bagdati, where six people, among them four children - all members of one family - died in a fire," a leader of the European Georgia opposition party, Gigi Ugulava, told reporters.

The protest, at which opposition parties will urge the authorities to change the country's electoral system, will take place on Wednesday, Ugulava said.

"We'll be rallying at all three entrances to the parliament building, and deputies from the ruling Georgian Dream party will have to pass through a 'corridor of shame'," he said.

The Georgian parliament is due to open its spring session on Tuesday.