DJs and producers around the world have shared their support for demonstrators in Tbilisi following after protests took place this weekend in response to armed raids of two nightclubs.
Bassiani and Café Gallery were both subjected to armed raids in which approximately 60 people were arrested including Bassiani’s founders. Subsequent statements from the clubs and demonstrators have pointed to unjustified actions from the authorities, suggesting that the venues were being targeted right-wing political forces in a smear campaign seeking their closure. A statement from Bassiani said, “there is no doubt that the state is waging a war against the only sphere of the culture of the independent Georgia”.
Protests took place over the weekend outside the Parliament of Georgia where, reportedly, thousands gathered to demonstrate against the government's attitude toward the clubbing culture in the city and its extreme zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drug use in the country. A number of DJs played sets during the demonstrations – including those who had played Bassiani on the night of the raids, Ateq, Sa Pa and DJ Dustin – turning it into a “protest rave” of sorts.
Online support and solidarity for the demonstrators has come from the likes of Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Ellen Allien, Rødhåd, The Black Madonna, Dax J, Etapp Kyle, Leon Vynehall, DJ Nobu and Ciel. You can read the messages of support below.
respect to everyone in tsibili protesting the club raids in front of georgian parliament. more power.— l l ɐ ɥ ǝ u ʎ ʌ (@vynehall) May 12, 2018
Love and solidarity to the Tbilisi techno family and everyone from Bassiani currently dealing with right wing fascists and the police. Let the world dance in peace, we beg of you.— Ciel (@aerielist) May 12, 2018
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