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World Hundreds rally outside prison for Georgia's former president

12:20  05 october  2021
12:20  05 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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RUSTAVI, Georgia (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators rallied Monday outside a prison where former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been held since his arrest after returning to the country last week.

Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili hold Georgian and Ukrainian national flags during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov) © Provided by Associated Press Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili hold Georgian and Ukrainian national flags during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov) Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili wave Georgian national flags during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Zurab Tsertsvadze) © Provided by Associated Press Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili wave Georgian national flags during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Zurab Tsertsvadze)

Saakashvili, who left Georgia in 2014 and became a Ukrainian citizen, was later sentenced to up to six years in prison on abuse of power convictions handed down in absentia.

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Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili hold Georgian and American national flags during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov) © Provided by Associated Press Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili hold Georgian and American national flags during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

He came back to the country with the aim of galvanizing opposition as Georgia held nationwide municipal elections, and was arrested hours after posting videos Friday on social media announcing that he was back.

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Police block Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili with Georgian national flags during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov) © Provided by Associated Press Police block Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili with Georgian national flags during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

The United National Movement, which Saakashvili founded, is the most prominent political force opposing the governing Georgian Dream party.

Nika Melia, head of the United National Movement, gestures while speaking to Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Zurab Tsertsvadze) © Provided by Associated Press Nika Melia, head of the United National Movement, gestures while speaking to Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili during a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Zurab Tsertsvadze)

Georgian Dream won 47% of the vote in the weekend municipal elections, well ahead of the 31% received by UNM.

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A soldier stands guard on a prison's watchtower as Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili hold an EU flag as they gather for a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov) © Provided by Associated Press A soldier stands guard on a prison's watchtower as Georgian opposition supporters of former president Mikheil Saakashvili hold an EU flag as they gather for a rally in his support in front of the prison where former president is being held, in Rustavi, about 20 km from the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2021. Georgia earlier declared Saakashvili wanted as a person convicted in absentia in several criminal cases and treated as a suspect in some others. Georgian authorities have warned repeatedly that he would be detained immediately once over the border. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

“While Mikheil Saakashvili is in prison, each of us is a prisoner,” UNM chairman Nika Melia said at Monday's protest in Rustavi, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of the capital Tbilisi.

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