An unreleased video footage of TV Imedi obtained accidentally by Nick Melia’s lawyers 20 days after the incident.
Nick Melia: Dear Friends! First, I need your permission and second, I need to inform you. It is very important. The government - Minister of Internal Affairs and the Prime Minister have requested meeting with us. Wait a minute… wait a minute… We have a common responsibility for the future of this country, altogether. In order not to give them the ground to say later that they wanted to talk to us but we did not sit down with them, it is very important to transfer our conditions voiced here to them – that we go inside, listen to them, come back here and continue our struggle.
From the crowd: No meeting, no negotiations… They will not say anything…
Giorgi Baramidze to Grigol Vashadze: Go ahead and talk, no matter what they shout.
Grigol Vashadze: Shall we enter [for negotiations]? Do we have your permission?
Giorgi Baramidze: They will go to the negotiations and come back. We stay here until our demands are met. We promise. I am here. Grigol, Nika and Giga will go inside. I am here with you.
From the crowd: We agree on a meeting only if you take ordinary people too… It’s impossible … They [leaders] will accept their apologies and … [unclear]
Sergo Ratiani: They [leaders] will transfer to the government same demands that we have here in order these demands to be fulfilled. They should go and talk face-to-face …
TV Imedi reporter: Mr. Sergi, who are on the other side of negotiations?
Sergo ratiani: There is a proposal from the government to hold a meeting. Our representatives will go there, pass our demands and they [the government] shall fulfill these demands… There is going to be a meeting and you will know everything afterwards.
From the crowd: We agree on negotiations only if it’s transmitted live and if we, the people, come with you, so that you don’t hold secret negotiations behind the closed door.
Sergo Ratiani: Please, calm down.
Giorgi Baramidze: Friends, I repeat once again. It is impossible to back down. You don’t back down and we will not. We promise.
From the crowd: We will go there!
Giorgi Baramidze: Ok, go ahead… Nothing can resist the power of the people. Nobody can forgive Ivanishvili insulting people. It’s not about parties. People will not forgive him. People are decisive, not the parties.
From the crowd: Take us to the parliament too… We will come with you… With live transmission only… No negotiations… [Swearing at Giorgi Baramidze]
Giorgi Baramidze: (Trying to prevent protesters from provocations) Why are you wearing a mask? [swearing back] You are a provocateur!
Tear-gas capsules are thrown into the crowd.
Crowd: [Swearing at government] Are these negotiations? They fire tear-gas…