Feb 23, 2021
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The US embassy is concerned about the arrest of the leader of the opposition party in Georgia

The US Embassy in Tbilisi is concerned about the arrest of Nika Melia, chairman of the United National Movement opposition party.

In the message published on the website of the diplomatic mission, it is noted that “Georgia has taken a step back from the democratic path of the states that are members of the Euro-Atlantic family, having arrested MP Melia.”

The message from the embassy also expresses regret that calls from the United States and other international partners for restraint and dialogue were ignored.

Recall that Georgian law enforcement officers this morning carried out a special operation to arrest the opposition leader, the leader of the party of former President Mikheil Saakashvili Nika Melia, during which, according to updated data, more than 20 people were also detained. It was reported that the police used pepper gas at the party’s office during the detention of Melia.

Georgian law enforcement agencies commented on the use of special equipment during the arrest, saying that tear gas was used after a warning that the execution of the court’s decision should not be impeded.

In turn, the chairman of the ruling party “Georgian Dream”, ex-speaker of parliament Irakli Kobakhidze called the operation to arrest the chairman of the opposition party “United National Movement” Nika Melia exemplary.

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