Georgian March

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The Georgian March was registered as a political party ahead of the 2020 parliamentary elections. This political party built its election campaign on the demand for abolishing the liberal legislation and legislating sanctions for offending religious feelings. This political party whose list of nominated candidates to the parliament included Giorgi Gigauri, a journalist of Asaval-Dasavali newspaper who is notorious for his hate speech, failed to clear the election threshold in the 2020 parliamentary elections.

The ultra-nationalist movement, Georgian March, became visible during protests staged against migrants in the spring of 2017, in which they called on Iranians, Arabs and Africans to leave Georgia. In 2018, the Georgian March formed “people’s patrol” with the aim to expose offences committed by migrants from Africa and Asia. Members of the Georgian March, along with Levan Vasadze and other radical groups, participated in physical attacks on journalists and violent actions to ban the screening of a movie on the theme of gays. One of the founders of Georgian March, Sandro Bregadze, served as a deputy minister in the government of the ruling Georgian Dream party.

The international security report of Estonia, published in 2020, referred to the Georgian March as an umbrella organization for extremist movements, which by spreading allegations about the values supposedly imposed by the West aimed at “rattling public support for joining the European Union and NATO – a foreign policy consensus that has held for nearly 15 years.”  

A surreptitious recording about the ties of Georgian March to Russia was released in the run-up to the 2020 elections. In this recording the leader of the party, Sandro Bregadze, is believed to be talking with Igor Morozov, a member of the Federation Council and former officer of Russia’s intelligence service (successor of the KGB), about the sale of Russian natural gas in Georgia and links with Russian businessmen. One can also find in open sources a photo taken in 2017, which features members of the Georgian March with Giorgi Iremadze who is the chairperson of openly pro-Russian organization, the Eurasian Youth Union, also with Konstantine Morgoshia, the current owner of Alt-Info, and representatives of Georgian Mission.

 

 

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