On April 9, 1989, at least twenty people were tragically killed as Soviet troops attacked peaceful protesters in Tbilisi.
The date has been etched into the minds of locals and is remembered as the day of National Unity. It is recognized as a public holiday in Georgia.
Habitually, Georgian citizens and relatives of the victims gather at the memorial before the old Parliament building on Rustaveli Ave in Tbilisi, where the tragedy occurred, and light candles and lay flowers to pay tribute to the people who died during the demonstration.
Furthermore, April 9 also marked the restoration of Georgia’s independence, as the Georgian legislative body passed a declaration of independence in 1991 based on the results of the March 31, 1991 referendum, where an overwhelming majority of Georgians voted to secede from the Soviet Union.