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Feb 23, 2021
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Opposition supporters in Tbilisi rally in support of Melia

Opposition representatives and their supporters blocked the road to the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi, RIA Novosti reported.

The opposition began the rally after the arrest of the leader of the United National Movement party, Nika Melia, and the police clarified that permission for the mass demonstration had been agreed.

According to TASS, the situation is currently under control, but the protesters said they did not intend to accept the situation with the arrest of Melia, and their protest will become permanent if necessary. In addition, they ask the international community to support them.

As proof of their words, the protesters pitched two tents outside the parliament building.

“We will set up tents here and the number of protesters will grow. Setting up tents is a symbolic act. It is important for us to show firmness, “said one of the leaders of the opposition party Khatia Dekanoidze, quoted by Interfax.

Police have not yet responded to the installation of tents.

Georgian law enforcement officers carried out a special operation to arrest the oppositionist on the morning of February 23rd; more than 20 of his supporters were also detained for resisting the police. It was reported that the security forces used pepper gas at the party’s office.

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