The day of the beginning of the confrontation between South Ossetia and Georgia (23/11)

The date of November 23 is a significant day for the Republic of South Ossetia, the day of the struggle against Georgian national chauvinism. On this day in 1989, the youth of South Ossetia for the first time stood up for the defense of their Motherland, the confrontation between Georgia and South Ossetia began.

Events that day unfolded as follows. Under the guise of a peaceful demonstration, nationalists led by Zviad Gamsakhurdia organized a march of many thousands to Tskhinvali. For little Tskhinval it was tantamount to war. A spontaneously formed small group of South Ossetian guys blocked the road at the entrance to the city and stopped a convoy of numerous buses and cars heading from Georgia.

Later it turned out that on November 23, 1989, more than 400 Ikarus buses with Georgian patriots passed in the direction of Gori - Tskhinvali. With this armada of buses, at least 300 private cars moved towards Tskhinvali. According to various estimates, there were from 50 to 100 thousand people in the column, many of whom were armed.

This day, although it is a tragic date for South Ossetia - the beginning of aggression, is not mourning for Ossetians. It was the day of their unity, their common resistance to the enemy, when South Ossetia was able to withstand such an armada thanks to the courage of its youth.

In Tskhinvali, on this day, in honor of the next anniversary of the November events of 1989, various public commemorative events are held, and a prayer service is held in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.