People are rallying in central Batumi, reports the Novosti-Georgia news agency. Protesters are waiting for Walter Schwimmer, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, who is visiting the city, to meet them.
Rallymen say they are seeking a peaceful change of power in Adzharia.
Mr Schwimmer arrived in Batumi in the morning on February 20 as part of his four-day visit to Georgia. President Abashidze met the European official at the airport. They are currently holding a meeting at the president's residence.
Several hundred supporters of President Abashidze have gathered at the opera and ballet theatre.