Protesters arrange tents exterior Georgia’s parliament constructing and blocked the capital’s most important avenue Tuesday to oppose the arrest of the leader of the nation’s most important opposition get together.
The demonstration got here hours after police stormed the headquarters of the United National Movement and arrested its chairman, lawmaker Nika Melia.
Georgian media reported that about 20 different individuals have been additionally arrested on the get together’s headquarters.
The political state of affairs in Georgia has been tense since a fall parliamentary election. The opposition is demanding a rerun of the vote.
Before the police raid, parliament members on Tuesday named a new prime minister, changing one who opposed arresting Melia due to concern it might escalate the nation’s political disaster.
Melia faces fees of inciting violence throughout protests in 2019. He had been free on bail.
The new prime minister, Irakli Garibashvili, stated the politician’s arrest was justified.
“We are building a democratic state, and everyone in the country, no matter to their taste and political views, must obey the law,” he stated.
The U.S. Embassy registered its disapproval, saying in a press release: “Today, Georgia has moved backward on its path toward becoming a stronger democracy in the Euro-Atlantic family of nations.”
?We remorse that the decision of the United States and different worldwide companions for restraint and dialogue was ignored,? the embassy’s assertion learn.
The European Union appealed for calm.
“We are urging all sides in Georgia to show the necessary restraint, utmost restraint and responsibility, to avoid more escalation in the interest of the country and its people,” European Commission spokesperson Peter Stano stated.
During the October election, the Georgian Dream get together, which has ruled Georgia for the final eight years, tallied the most important share of votes at 48%. But opposition events refused to acknowledge the outcomes, claiming the rely was manipulated.
Georgian Dream was created by a tycoon who made his fortune in Russia, Bidzina Ivanishvili, however its reputation has dwindled steadily amid the nation’s financial issues.
Both Georgian Dream and United National Movement are pro-Western, with targets of creating higher relations and attainable eventual membership in NATO and the European Union.