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April 14 - Georgia celebrates Mother Language Day

April 14 - Georgia celebrates Mother Language Day.35 years ago, in 1978, the Soviet government decided to deprive the local languages of the Union Republics status of official languages. The official language of the USSR proclaimed only the Russian language.

 

 Corresponding change were supposed in the 78th article of the Constitution of the Georgian SSR. This amendment on April 14, 1978 had to approve the Supreme Soviet of Republic. However, this caused the protest of the Georgian public.

 

On this day in Tbilisi at Rustaveli Avenue gathered tens of thousands of people. They demanded that the authorities did not abolish the official status of the Georgian language. Similar demonstrations were held in Batumi. Protest conceived the desired result, for the Georgian language was kept as a national language.


The monument to Mother Language in Tbilisi traditionally brings together representatives of the various social and political organizations.

Last modified onSunday, 14 April 2013 12:26
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