New Rights call on government to increase compensations for disaster affected regions
New Rights party calls on the government to allocate compensations and provide assistance to all regions of Georgia that were affected by the disaster last week. Levan Kalandadze, the director of the party`s economic direction, announced at the briefing today that the compensations should be issued not only for the residents of the Kakheti Region, but for the Samtskhe-Javakheti and Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regions as well. As for the affected families in Kakheti Region, the opposition party says the damage should be counted and compensations should be issued to each family individually. New Rights assert the funds allocated from the state budget for the disaster regions are not sufficient. `Damage inflicted to each family should be counted individually and the compensations should also issued according to this damage. Another significant issue is that the government should assist the families and citizens affected by the disaster not only in Kakheti, but in Samtskhe-Javakheti and Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regions too,` Kalandadze said.
Police had to drive protestors away from the central highway in the village of Bakurtsikhe today. The residents of five villages of the Gurjaani region rallied in the village demanding compensation of the damage inflicted onto the region by the hail and windstorm last week.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has responded on the complaint of the president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who accused ministry of uncoordinated work with his administration and the failure to carry out effective policy of non-recognition of the occupied territories of Georgia.
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Two protest rallies took place on the background of noise and minor incidents in front of the State Chancellery building. Verbal conflict took place between the activists several times. The tension was quickly diffused by police.