Georgian nationalists protest against new mosque

Batumi mosque protest

“Let’s say no to Turkish religious and economic expansion!”

This was the main slogan of a protest rally organized by a group of Georgian nationalists outside the government’s house. Members of the non-governmental organization named “National Front” staged the protest against construction of a new mosque in the sea-side city of Batumi near the Turkish border.

Protesters called on the government to annul agreements with Ankara for construction of the new mosque, as well as stop accommodating Turkish citizens in the coastal region of Adjara, which stipulates revision of visa relations with Turkey.

Press TV, 11 March 2013

See also “Georgian PM does not understand opponents of mosque construction in Batumi”, Trend, 14 March 2013

The proposal to build a new mosque at Batumi was the subject of amuch larger protest last year.