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World Georgian police storm opposition party offices, detain its leader

09:57  23 february  2021
09:57  23 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Georgians take to the streets to protest at opposition leader's detention

  Georgians take to the streets to protest at opposition leader's detention Georgians take to the streets to protest at opposition leader's detentionWaving red and white Georgian flags, protesters marched through the city centre and gathered outside parliament to protest at Melia's detention and call for fresh parliamentary elections after a contested vote in the South Caucasus country last year.

Georgian police stormed the party offices of opposition leader Nika Melia using tear gas, and detained him early on Tuesday, just days after the prime minister resigned over a disagreement over whether to arrest him or not. Melia, chairman of the United National Movement (UNM), had been accused of Meanwhile, hundreds of riot police used tear gas against his supporters and the leaders of the country's opposition parties , who have been camped out in the building since Wednesday, Mtavari TV live pictures showed. Several opposition supporters were also detained . More to come

TBILISI (Sputnik) - Georgian police have deployed tear gas at the office of the opposition United National Movement (UNM) party , detaining its leader , Nika Melia, and over 10 other activists, the Georgian Internal Ministry said on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Georgian police stormed the party offices of opposition leader Nika Melia and detained him early on Tuesday, days after the prime minister resigned after a disagreement over whether to take the prominent politician into custody.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Georgian police storm opposition party offices, detain its leader © Reuters/IRAKLI GEDENIDZE Georgian police storm opposition party offices, detain its leader

Melia, chairman of the United National Movement (UNM) opposition party, had been accused of inciting violence at street protests in June 2019, a charge he has dismissed as politically motivated.

A court in the capital Tbilisi ordered last week that he be taken into custody for allegedly failing to post bail. The Interior Ministry at the time announced it was postponing carrying out the order to detain Melia following the resignation of Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia.

Demonstration in Georgia after the arrest of the leader of the opposition

 Demonstration in Georgia after the arrest of the leader of the opposition GEORGIA-POLITICS-OPPOSITION: Demonstration in Georgia after the arrest of the leader of the opposition © Reuters / Irakli Gedenidze DEMONSTRATIONS IN GEORGIA AFTER ARREST OF OPPOSITION LEADER TBILISSI / MOSCOW (Reuters) - Georgian police raided the offices of the main opposition party on Tuesday and arrested its leader, Nika Melia, exacerbating a political crisis that last week pushed Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia to resign.

Police in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi clashed on Friday with opposition activists, detaining 20 protesters near the parliament, a day after the prime minister resigned, the Sputnik Georgia news outlet reported. Giorgi Gakharia, who had been prime minister since 2019, announced his resignation on Thursday, citing a disagreement with his own team over the detention of Nika Melia, a prominent opposition politician. Melia had been accused of inciting violence at street protests in June 2019, a charge he has dismissed as politically motivated.

Protesters have attempted to storm Georgia 's parliament building in the capital, Tbilisi, after thousands swarmed the building during an anti-government rally demanding the resignations of top officials. One of the videos from the scene shows them taking away a policeman ’s riot gear and passing it around among themselves. There are also reports of bottles being thrown at security forces. Riot police fired rubber bullets at protesters outside the national parliament in Tbilisi; dozens were injured.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Georgian police storm opposition party offices, detain its leader © Reuters/IRAKLI GEDENIDZE Georgian police storm opposition party offices, detain its leader

Footage from inside UNM offices published by the Sputnik Georgia outlet showed Melia barricaded inside a room with some of his supporters, while opposition activists clashed with police on the street.

"We call on both the representatives of political parties and their supporters to protest in a peaceful manner, to refrain from violent actions and not interfere with the court's decision," Sputnik Georgia quoted the Interior Ministry as saying, referring to the order to have Melia detained.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Georgian police storm opposition party offices, detain its leader © Reuters/IRAKLI GEDENIDZE Georgian police storm opposition party offices, detain its leader

Gakharia, who stepped down on Feb. 18, said his decision had been prompted by a disagreement with his own team over the order to detain Melia.

Gakharia had said that Melia's detention was unacceptable if it threatened to fuel political divisions in the South Caucasus country of 3.7 million people.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Kim Coghill)

Georgia: 25 people arrested after a demonstration against a decision of the Parliament .
© AFP - VANO SHLAMOV Georgian opponents wave the national flag after the announcement of the resignation of Prime Minister Guiorgui Gakharia on February 18, 2021. 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.

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