Tens of thousands of Georgians went to the streets of central Tbilisi to demand the release of former president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who was imprisoned.
On Thursday, tens of thousands of Georgians flooded the streets of the capital Tbilisi, demanding the release of former president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who was imprisoned.
Waving the flag chanting Saakashvili’s nickname “Misha!”, The demonstrators filled the city’s Freedom Square and the main road, Rustavelia Venue, and AFP correspondents estimated a crowd of about 60,000.
The United National Movement (UNM), the founder of Georgia’s major opposition, has declared a hunger strike, and doctors have expressed concern about his deterioration in health.
Saakashvili’s lawyer Nika Gvaramia has read a speech to the crowd calling for the government associated with his nemesis and the powerful oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili to be “destroyed” in the upcoming second round of local elections. ..
“It’s time to save Georgia through the unity and reconciliation of our country.”
“He must be released soon.”
An independent Pirveli TV station reported Thursday morning that a 1-km-long convoy carrying Saakashvili supporters headed for Tbilisi from all over the country.
“The only goal of Saakashvili inmates is to stir up the country’s instability and turmoil,” Irakli Garibashvili told journalists prior to the rally.
Saakashvili was stripped of his Georgia passport after acquiring Ukrainian nationality in 2016, where he led a government agency to lead the reforms.
In a television statement that sparked a protest among Saakashvili’s supporters, Prime Minister Garibashibiri said the former president “had to quit politics, or we had to detain him. I didn’t. “
His detention deepened the protracted political crisis in Georgia, opposition condemned widespread fraud in last year’s parliamentary elections, and Georgia’s dream won slightly.
On Thursday, Saakashvili sought high turnout in the second round of voting on October 30, with candidates from the UNM Party of George Andrewm and Saakashvili mayors in all major cities in Georgia. You will see them competing for the post.