34 years have passed since the tragedy of April 9, 1989
State Representative Zviad Shalamberidze, Kutaisi Mayor Ioseb Khakhaleishvili and representatives of the local government laid a wreath at the April 9 memorial and paid tribute to the memory of those who died in the struggle for the freedom of Georgia.
Clergymen paid a prayer commemorating the memory of the dead.
"Georgia was faced with great trials many times, and it was the heroism of such people, whom we will honor today, that brought it to this point, as it is. That generation left us a free and independent Georgia. It is our duty to preserve a peaceful and successful country for our future generations" - Zviad Shalamberidze.
An exhibition depicting the events of April 9, 1989 was held in the central boulevard of Kutaisi.
On April 9, all 12 municipalities of Imereti honored the memory of those who died.
On April 9, 1989, at dawn, units of the armed forces of the Soviet Union dispersed a peaceful protest in the center of Tbilisi, near the Parliament building, resulting in casualties.
As a result of the raid, 21 people died. Thousands of citizens gathered in front of the parliament were poisoned with gas of unknown composition.
On April 9, 1991, the then Supreme Council announced the restoration of Georgia's state independence.