Russian Journalist Pozner Was Forced to Leave Georgia Because of a Unplanned Protest Action
OREANDA-NEWS. Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner, who arrived in Tbilisi with friends on Thursday, April 1, was forced to leave Georgia in connection with the actions of opposition activists, that took place all night in the Georgian capital.
According to Russian media «Interfax», Pozner, who planned to celebrate his 87th birthday in Tbilisi, and the guests who arrived with him from Moscow, reached the Tbilisi International Airport early on Thursday morning, accompanied by police.
Georgian media reports, that the bus, that the journalist and his friends boarded under police protection was pelted with eggs by the protesters. Meanwhile, the Georgian Interior Ministry said on Thursday, that 32 people who were at the event in a hotel with Pozner were fined for violating the rules of isolation and quarantine. Among those fined is Pozner himself.
The protesters expressed confidence, that the reporter should not have been allowed into the country, since, according to them, he does not recognize the territorial integrity of Georgia. The protesters considered, that the arrival of Pozner is unacceptable from a moral and legal point of view, and also violates anti-epidemic norms. Some of the participants were outraged that the visit coincided with the 30th anniversary of the referendum on the restoration of the country's independence. In addition, the activists pointed out, that the newcomers moved freely in Tbilisi, despite the curfew.