BBC on Georgia's Rave Revolution

“In May this year, riot police raided the country's most popular nightclubs, prompting thousands of young Georgians to rave in the streets in protest,” the BBC reported on July 30. “But the events also revealed an undercurrent - a clash between liberal youth and conservative far-right groups”.

On May 12, 2018, the MIA conducted a special operation, raiding nightclubs in Georgia. More than 4,000 protesters subsequently gathered in front of the old Parliament building in Tbilisi to protest the excessive force used by the police after they stormed the Bassiani and Café Gallery nightclubs in the capital. With the slogan "We Dance Together, We Fight Together," protesters played loud music and danced in the streets for hours to demonstrate that violence is never the answer. Soon, local and international news started spreading the word, reporting the series of events and calling it a "Rave Revolution". 

BBC journalist, Rayhan Demytrie, dedicated a news report to the May 12 events, naming it “Georgia’s Rave Revolution”. In the video, members of political parties, as well as one of the founders of Club Bassiani, Zviad Gelbakhiani, are shown.

See the full video below.

By Anna Zhvania

Source: BBC

Photo: BBC

30 July 2018 16:50