Entertainment Georgia: 25 people arrested after a demonstration against a decision of the Parliament

04:20  20 february  2021
04:20  20 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Georgia has been gripped by a political crisis over the results of parliamentary elections in October, with protesters and the opposition accusing the ruling party of rigging the poll and intimidating voters. It puts him at odds with more hard-line members of the governing Georgian Dream party. They want to punish Nika Melia for disrespecting the law. But the timing is risky. Georgia faces a deepening political crisis. The country's opposition parties have refused to enter parliament since last October's elections, which they say were fraudulent.

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In Georgia, 25 protesters were arrested on Friday. This is yet another episode in the country's crisis, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Guiorgui Gakharia on Thursday.

With our correspondent in Tbilisi, Régis Genté

The last upheavals of the political crisis that Georgia is going through are linked to the decision of the party in power this week to lift the parliamentary immunity of Nika Mélia, the leader of the main party opposition. This case raises the question of the democratic dynamic that animates Georgia, which is an exception in the former Soviet space, still very influenced by the authoritarianism of the regime of neighboring Russia.

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The demonstrators wanted to set up tents in front of the seat of the Parliament, on the avenue Roustavéli, the elegant artery of the center of Tbilisi. This is where all the political movements, demonstrations and other revolutions that have shaken the small republic of the South Caucasus have been taking place for three decades.

They wanted to protest against the government's decision to lift the immunity of Nika Mélia , the leader of the United National Movement, the main opposition party. The police didn't hear it that way and set out to dismantle the tents and arrested 25 activists during the day.

The ruling Party, controlled by oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, is accused by human rights defenders of having violated Georgia's very permissive law on the right to assembly.

Tired of the occupation of the Parliament square by various protest movements in recent years, the authorities have recently used urban development work as a pretext, in particular imposing modern-style green bins, in order to compress this space, no doubt. the most political of the young Georgian democracy.

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