The anti-Soviet movement became more active in the Georgian SSR in 1988. Several strikes and meetings were organized by anti-Soviet political organizations in Tbilisi. The conflict between the Soviet government and Georgian nationalists deepened after the so-called Lykhny Assembly on March 18, 1989, when several thousand Abkhaz demanded secession from Georgia and restoration of the Union republic status of 1921–1931. In response, the anti-Soviet groups organized a series of unsanctioned meetings across the republic, claiming that the Soviet government was using Abkhaz separatism in order to oppose the pro-independence movement.
The protests reached their peak on April 4, 1989, when tens of thousands of Georgians gathered before the House of Government on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi. The protesters, led by the Independence Committee (Merab Kostava, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Giorgi Chanturia, Irakli Bathiashvili, Irakli Tsereteli and others) organized a peaceful demonstration and hunger strikes, demanding the punishment of Abkhaz secessionists and restoration of Georgian independence.
Local soviet authorities lost control over the situation in the capital and were unable to contain the protests. First Secretary of the Georgian Communist Party Jumber Patiashvili asked USSR leadership to send troops to restore order and impose curfew.
Read more about this topic: April 9 Tragedy
Other articles related to "preludes, prelude":
4 in F-sharp major (1903) Opus 31 Four Preludes Prelude in D-flat major/C major Prelude in F-sharp minor Prelude in E-flat major Prelude in A-flat ... in E-flat major Poème fantastique in C major Prelude in E-flat major Opus 46 Scherzo Opus 47 Quasi Waltz in F major Opus 48 Four Preludes Prelude in F-sharp major Prelude in C major Prelude in D-flat. 4) Opus 55 was not used by Scriabin Opus 56 Quatre morceaux Prelude in E major Ironies in C major Nuances Etude Opus 57 Deux morceaux Désir Caresse dansée Opus 58 Album Leaf ...
2/7 Prelude in A-flat major (1834, published 1918 ded. 1/2 Prelude in F major Prelude in E flat minor, Devil's Trill ...
... On 9 February, the USS Greeneville, a U.S ... Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine, prepared to depart Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to conduct a public relations mission under the USN's Distinguished Visitor Embarkation (DVE) program ...
... The 1740s and 1750s marked growing tensions across Europe ... A key event in this instability was the sudden and meteoric rise of Prussia under a series of careful and powerful kings, the state had consolidated power in upper Germany, and risen to a prominence far exceeding its actual land area ...
... Pararaton commences with a brief of prelude telling how Ken Arok incarnated himself in which he became the king ... The prelude of Pararaton is followed by the meeting of Ken Arok with Lohgawe, a Brahmanian who came from India to make sure Batara Guru's instructions were fulfilled ...
Famous quotes containing the word prelude:
“I am a prelude to better players, O my brothers! An example! Follow my example!”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“The less sophisticated of my forbears avoided foreigners at all costs, for the very good reason that, in their circles, speaking in tongues was commonly a prelude to snake handling. The more tolerant among us regarded foreign languages as a kind of speech impediment that could be overcome by willpower.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941)
“I got a little secretarial job after college, but I thought of it as a prelude. Education, work, whatever you did before marriage, was only a prelude to your real life, which was marriage.”
—Bonnie Carr (c. early 1930s)