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Georgia: Supporters of opposition leader Melia gather at party HQ in Tbilisi after court ruling01:41

Georgia: Supporters of opposition leader Melia gather at party HQ in Tbilisi after court ruling

Georgia, Tbilisi
February 18, 2021 at 11:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 200 supporters of opposition party United National Movement (UNM) leader Nika Melia gathered at the party’s headquarters in Tbilisi on Thursday to prevent police from detaining Melia.

Other opposition politicians, including former speaker of parliament Nino Burjanadze, were also seen at the UNM office.

Tbilisi City Court ruled on Wednesday to place Melia on a pre-trial detention. He is accused of organising mass riots in June 2019, when protesters tried to storm the country’s parliament. Melia has dismissed the charges as politically motivated.

On Thursday, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakahriya announced his resignation due to the court ruling to detain Melia.

Georgia: Supporters of opposition leader Melia gather at party HQ in Tbilisi after court ruling01:41
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Around 200 supporters of opposition party United National Movement (UNM) leader Nika Melia gathered at the party’s headquarters in Tbilisi on Thursday to prevent police from detaining Melia.

Other opposition politicians, including former speaker of parliament Nino Burjanadze, were also seen at the UNM office.

Tbilisi City Court ruled on Wednesday to place Melia on a pre-trial detention. He is accused of organising mass riots in June 2019, when protesters tried to storm the country’s parliament. Melia has dismissed the charges as politically motivated.

On Thursday, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakahriya announced his resignation due to the court ruling to detain Melia.