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Student Activists Stage Protest March

Student movement, Auditorium 115, which is behind a campaign to reform Tbilisi State University’s (TSU) governance system and education system in general, staged a protest march from TSU to the State Security Service’s one of the buildings in Tbilisi center on April 25. The demonstration was specifically in protest against what Auditorium 115 says were cases of pressure on some of their members. One of the activists said that her father was conveyed a message from security service that he would lose his jobs if his daughter continued participation in the Auditorium 115. The name of the group originates from a lecture hall they were camped in during a week-long protest in TSU’s main building in March. At the time the group suspended protest after giving a month-long deadline to the authorities to agree on reform agenda, including complete overhaul of students self-governing body. But after the group said Education Ministry’s proposals were falling far short of its demands, Auditorium 115 activists resumed protest on April 16 by occupying one of the buildings of TSU. Next day protesters vacated the building after meeting with PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who arrived at the protest venue and who pledged to work on addressing students’ concerns. A fellow-up meeting was also held between the PM and members of the Auditorium 115 week later, on April 23, during which activists also raised the issue of what they call was pressure on them from the security agency.

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