Bassiani and Café Gallery are two of Tbilisi’s most famous electronic music venues in Georgia that were hit with armed police raids last weekend.
According to Resident Advisor, the police invaded the clubs early Saturday morning (May 12) as a result of government’s response to five drug deaths over the past two weeks, which the authorities claim are linked to Bassiani. In the meantime, Bassiani club released a statement via Facebook saying that “none of the tragic deaths have occurred” at the venue and that the accusations are part of an “endless smear campaign” by right-wing political forces to “discredit our club.” Throughout these invasions, approximately 60 people were arrested including Bassiani co-founders Tato Getia and Zviad Gelbakhiani.
In order to protest the occured events, thousands were filmed dancing in the streets of Tbilisi and holding banners claiming “We dance together, we fight together!”, forming an insane crowd outside of the Georgian parliament and demanding the resignations of both Georgian prime minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and minister of internal affairs Giorgi Gakharia.
DJs like Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, Dax J and more have “joined” the protestors and expressed their love and support to the “heavy-handed” armed police raids on both Tbilisi club’s.