Saakashvili's party denies parliament boycott, says it protests against repressions

The parliamentary minority, which demonstratively left a parliament meeting on Wednesday following detentions of former high-ranking servicemen and a sudden inquiry into the financial performance of the Georgian Public Broadcaster, is meeting in Tbilisi to elaborate a protest plan.

"The ruling political force had repeatedly declared the principle of social justice but its very first steps were repressive and tried to destroy the Armed Forces and the free media," parliamentary minority co-leader David Darchiashvili told Interfax on Thursday.

He said the minority did not boycott the parliament.

"We expressed our protest against the latest political events in Georgia. Many minority deputies have convened at the Georgian Public Broadcaster, which the new authorities wish to attach to the TV-9 channel of Prime Minister Ivanishvili's spouse. The sudden financial inspection of the Public Broadcaster aims to close it down and to attach it to TV-9. We are against that," Darchiashvili said.

He said the minority - the former ruling party United National Movement - "will defend with word only the constitution and law, which are trampled upon by the ruling force."

He also said that the minority would keep on working at the parliament but that would depend on further developments around the Public Broadcaster and the detained former high-ranking servicemen.

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