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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Georgian Opposition Leader Arrested, HQ Stormed

Georgian police have arrested Nika Melia, an opposition leader after storming their party’s headquarters for allegedly inciting violence at 2019 anti-government demonstrations.

Georgian riot police forced their way into the headquarters of the United National Movement (UNM) where Melia was barricaded with his supporters.

The officers deployed teargas, batoned the protesters, and detained at least a dozen along with Melia. 

Footage broadcast on Georgian state media has shown Melia being dragged from the building after the raid. 

Melia has been accused of being involved with the anti-government protests in 2019 where opposition accused the ruling Georgian Dream party of rigging the poll and intimidating voters.

The suspicions lead to the outrage and disapproval of Georgians which continued until the present day.

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has announced his resignation last week after the order was made for Melia’s arrest.

Gakharia said that the arrest would worsen the political situation in the country.

Despite Gakhira’s reluctance, his replacement Irakli Garibashvili gave the green light to arrest Melia. 

In response to the arrest, thousands of protesters have blocked the main avenue in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi before fathering outside the State Chancellery and a nearby parliament building.

Georgian opposition parties have also called for the release of Melia and called for snap parliamentary polls.

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