On October 24, Georgian Dream Chair Irakli Kobakhidze attacked a conference sponsored by Fridrich Ebbert Stiftung (FES), a political foundation of Germany’s ruling Social Democratic, calling it a “disturbing act.”
The conference was linked to the release of a special 200-page edition of Indigo Magazine, focused on Georgia's protest history, exploring its evolution through the lenses of history, memory, and art.
Both the publication and the event are supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).
“The title [of Indigo discussion] is already disturbing – if someone brings up the subject of revolution, and especially if this is happening with foreign funding, it is naturally disturbing, and I urge everyone – to let our country be, let us ensure peace in this country, and do not to take steps aimed at disturbing the peace, this is our very persistent call,” Irakli Kobakhidze said.
FES South Caucasus Office issued a statement stressing the magazine maintains a scholarly nature, focusing on “researches the history of protest in Georgia, the dynamics of its development, in general, the language of protest, its social basis from the period of Soviet Georgia to the present, and has a scientific character.”
The publication includes “the important stages of the state development of our country, the way of democracy-building, which our foundation has been serving in Georgia for 30 years since its establishment,” FES added.
“The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is the oldest political-social organization in Germany, which is interested in supporting the economic development of our country, the resolution of conflicts, the introduction of social justice, and the construction of a democratic, free society through consensus, constructive dialogue, and cooperation,” the statement said.