Authorities dispatched special police forces including riot police to Georgia’s historic region of Svaneti on Thursday after a group of local people protested a visit by the financial police to the villages of Khaishi and Chuberi. According to TV Imedi, residents refused to let the police search their properties and threw rocks and sticks at them. The authorities said no one was detained or hurt. [Read more…]
Several villages were flooded in Chuberi, in Georgia’s historic Svaneti region on Thursday after the river Nenskra swelled, reportedly due to a landslide. Videos posted online showed muddy waters destroying bridges and flooding houses. Several bridges were washed away, cutting off ten villages. Despite speculation from local people, the company constructing the Nenskra Dam on the river has denied their work was connected to the flooding.
The Georgian Government is committed to fully exploiting the country’s hydropower potential. Collective mobilisation against mass construction of hydropower plants has began to emerge, but activists say they are met with exclusion and repression. [Read more…]