World Georgia: Imprisoned, Mikheil Saakashvili continues a very political hunger strike

13:25  14 october  2021
13:25  14 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Hundreds rally outside prison for Georgia's former president

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Mikhail Saakachvili est revenu en Géorgie pour mobiliser l’électorat à la veille d'élections municipales vues comme un référendum pour ou contre le gouvernement. © AFP - Sergei Supinsky Mikhail Saakachvili returned to Georgia to mobilize the electorate on the eve of municipal elections seen as a referendum for or against the government .

in Georgia, former President Mikheil Saakachvili continues his hunger strike. He has been in prison since October 1, after his clandestine return to the country after eight years of exile. It is prosecuted for various charges, which he denounces as "policies". Nevertheless, he continues since his cell to try to weigh on national politics, and in particular the second round of the municipal elections of October 30th.

of our correspondent to Tbilisi,

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the hunger strike of former President Mikheil Saakashvili has been lasting for two weeks. He would do it seriously, to the point of already seeing his health deteriorate, it is at least what his personal doctor says.

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in the political beast he is, Mikheil Saakashvili, who is 53 years old, uses this hunger strike like a weapon ... politics. As if to emphasize that he returned to Georgia, knowing very well that he would be arrested, to sacrifice himself for his people. He believes that Georgian democracy is threatened to disappear, after eight years of the reign of the Georgian dream, the oligarch Bidzina Ivanicvhili .

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What Weight In The Country?

Since his cell, Mikheil Saakashvili weighs on Georgian politics? We may know it a little more about this Thursday, October 14, since it calls for a great event in Tbilisi, the capital. Gatherings of his followers take place every day otherwise, in Roustavi, the small town where he is detained. He communicates a lot, with letters written in prison and read by his lawyers.

It seems that his return gave some kind of small electroshock to the Georgian electorate. On October 2nd, the Georgians voted a little more than expected and above all refused to elect the first round candidates in power. October 30, in almost all major cities in the country, there will be a second round between a Georgian dream candidate and the UNI National Mikheil SAAKACHVILI

movement for political reasons?

What said Mikheil Saakashvili, and it is the general feeling, it is that the charges against him are politically motivated. Even his old opponent and successor at the head of the state, Guiorgui Margvelachvili, President of Georgia from 2013 to 2018, said this week that Saakashvili is imprisoned for political reasons.

without pronouncing on a possible guilt of his predecessor, in his records of abuse of power or malpractices, Guiorgui Margvelachvili described as absurdly certain charges. He and other voices in Georgia, in civil society, also, also recall that Georgian justice is not at all independent of political power. She was not under Saakashvili.

This independence of justice is also precisely what is the subject of an iron arm at the moment between the Georgian power and its European and American partners.

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