Stop Islamization of Georgia's national director, Joseph Zaalishvili, reports from Batumi. Thousands of freedom lovers gathered to protest a mega mosque in Batumi. This is a growing movement. This demo was even larger than the last protest on March 4th (here at Atlas). Despite the heavy snowfall and cold, several thousand people gathered to protest a mosque dedicated to Aziz Sultan Abdl Adjara, who enslaved people, forcibly compelled people to accept Islam, and killed and terribly tortured those who refused. The Turkish government is funding the construction of this mosque.
The authorities, however, preferred to yield to Turkey, which caused a rising tide of unrest among Orthodox Christians. What arouses anxiety the most is the reconstruction of Azizie mosque in the centre of Batumi. The mosque was built in 1868 on the orders of sultan Abdul Aziz. It was to be a symbol of Turkey’s military power and the greatness of the Ottoman Empire in Adjara. Members of the Orthodox Church in Georgia are also annoyed by the fact that the construction of the mosque from scratch is officially called a “renovation” by both Turkish and Georgian side. It is not known where the mosque will be built, for since it burnt down in 1940s, a different building has been standing there. Controversy is also aroused by the problem of reconstruction of a half-ruined mosque in Akhaltsikhe (close to the border with Turkey). (more background here)
According to Joseph, "this is a political move in the 21st century to initiate a new Islamization of Georgia...... We should stop the Islamization imposed on Georgia. Turkey and Iran continue their insidious plan of Islamization of the Caucasus, and the Georgian people should stop it."
The people of Georgia against Abdl Aziz
On March 31 the Georgian city of Batumi again gathered a few thousand people from all over Georgia. They express their protest against the construction of a large mosque named after the Sultan Aziz Abdl. At this time, many political parties, the Christian wing of Georgia expressed their support to the people.
In place of the mosque gathered people of different political views. Georgian billionaire and philanthropist Bidzina Ivanishvili, a few months ago declared his political ambitions and founded the political movement "Georgia Dream" expressed his support for the gathering.
At the meeting were the leader of the "movement of national resistance," David Tarkhan-Mouravi. Chairman of the "People's Party of Georgia" Mamuka Giorgadze, "the Christian Democrats of Georgia" and the leader of the parliamentary minority Giorgi Targamadze. And also the leader of the "Serve Georgia" Murman Dumbadze.
For information Murman Dumbadze and his movement have joined the political movement billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili "Georgia Dream".
The appearance is as weighty as the enemy of Georgian billionaire and politician is the construction of a mosque named after Abdul-Aziz delighted those present at the meeting of people.
It was decided to meet in two weeks and again to protest against religious and economic occupation of Georgia.
"Stop Islamization of Georgia," the leader - Joseph Zaalishvili.