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Heartbreaking Pictures from April 9 Tragedy

Georgia marks the 25rd anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union and the 27th anniversary of the April 9 tragedy, when the Soviet Union’s armed forces dispersed a peaceful demonstration in the center of Tbilisi, on April 9th 1989.

Citizens of Georgia gather at the memorial located in front of the old Parliament building in Tbilisi, to pay tribute to the victims. 20 people were killed on April 9th in a peaceful demonstration demanding the country’s independence from the Soviet regime.

April 9th is also marked as a day of restoration of the country’s independence. In 1991 Legislative body of the country and the first President, Zviad Gamsakhurdia adopted the Declaration of Independence and announced its sovereignty from the Soviet Union.

“25 years have passed from April 9, 1989. This day became a symbol of struggle for freedom and self-sacrifice of Georgian people in the modern history of Georgia. Independence and freedom were the ideals, for which our countrymen lost their lives.

This is doubly important date in the recent history of Georgia – exactly the tragic events of April 9, 1989, self-sacrificing fight against Soviet imperialism resulted in the declaration of independence exactly 2 years later, on April 9, 1991.