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Zurabishvili meets the ambassadors of the EU member states

President Salome Zourabichvili is hold a meeting with the ambassadors of the EU member states in Georgia.

Before the meeting, she publicly addressed the ambassadors and praised their countries and their efforts to support Georgia and its EU aspirations.

The meeting was then closed to the media.

Kvicha Kvaratskhelia speaks up

Perhaps the most famous football player in Georgia, Khvicha Kvaratskheliawrote on Facebook yesterday that he was “living” the events in Georgia.

“I want to make my opinion clear and say that we deserve to be part of Europe and nothing should stop us,” he wrote.

Kvaratskhelia added that he did not want his words to be “used” by anyone.

'[…] I love my Georgia […] I am saddened that today we value a person's patriotism more through words than actions. No to everything that opposes us! Yes to Georgia's progress and victory!'

Important events from yesterday

On Friday evening, thousands demonstrated outside the Paragraph Hotel in Tbilisi as it hosted a reception for the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The hotel is linked to Bidzina Ivanishvili, the billionaire founder and honorary leader of the ruling Georgian Dream party.

After protesting outside the hotel for hours, demonstrators marched to the ruling party's headquarters in Tbilisi's Old City and then marched back to parliament.

Only one protester was reportedly arrested outside the Paragraph Hotel.

Yesterday, a group of hacktivists on Telegram doxxed several MPs and parliament speaker Shalva Papuashvili. Government-linked websites, including those of Georgian Dream and government-affiliated POS TV were deleted, with a Twitter account linked to Anonymous claiming responsibility for the attack.

During the day, Prime Minister Iraqi Kobakhidze accused Washington of supporting the “two revolution attempts of 2020-2023.” The Foreign Ministry then accused Paris of “lacking objectivity” in its criticism of the government’s violent crackdown on previous protests in April. Papuashvili also criticized “foreign embassies” for describing the protests against the bill as peaceful.

Georgian Dream also stated that “to date, not a single opponent has been able to put forward an argument why the bill, or at least one of its clauses, can be “Russian” or bad.”

Also on Friday, President Salome Zourabichvili vetoed controversial changes to Georgia's tax code that would exempt offshore assets from taxation. Critics of the changes suggested they were aimed at protecting Ivanishvili from Western sanctions.

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