On Thursday, October 14, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Georgia demanding the release of former President Mikhail Saakashvili, who had been imprisoned on a hunger strike since early October.
When he was President of Georgia from 2004 to 2013, Mr. Saakashvili, 53, was arrested on January 1.Uh In October, he returned from eight years of exile and served 6 years in prison for the following crimes ” abuse one’s power”His imprisonment is part of the political crisis that has shaken Georgia since the last legislative election in October 2020. The ruling party Georgia dreams of winning by a narrow margin. The party is led by billionaire Bizena Ivanishvili. (Bidzina Ivanishvili) was founded, he is M’s main competitor Saakashvili (Saakashvili).
Since then, the formation of the latter, the United National Movement (MNU), won 30.6% of the votes in the municipal elections on October 3, while the Georgia Dream won 46.7% of the votes. However, the opposition party won 53% of the vote and condemned large-scale fraud. In major cities including the capital Tbilisi, the second round of elections will be held on October 30 between the power candidates and the National Unity Party candidates.
According to one estimate, there are nearly 50,000 people in Tbilisi
“Free Saakashvili!”, “Against political persecution!”, We can see on the banners waved by the demonstrators in Tbilisi, who also provided portraits of the former head of state. According to estimates by AFP (AFP) reporters, at least 50,000 people gathered in Liberty Square in the city center. According to images broadcast by the TV channel, all day, the vehicles that formed the convoy took the protesters to Tbilisi, and these protesters gathered at the call of Mr. Saakashvili and his supporters.
In a message read by his lawyer to the protesters, Saakashvili called for his country’s “Beacon of Democracy” and “Save Georgia through national unity and reconciliation”The former president refused to accept this condemnation, which he considered politically significant, and stated that he had begun a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. The doctor expressed concern about his health.
As concerns about Saakashvili’s arrest, the United States last week called on Tbilisi to ensure that its opponents “benefit[ait] Fair treatment is in line with Georgian law and Georgia’s international human rights commitments”Mr. Saakashvili was deprived of his Georgian citizenship and has been holding a Ukrainian passport since 2016. Before returning to his home country, he lived in Ukraine for several years and served as the chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Reform Commission.
Ukrainian President Zelensky called on Saakashvili to return to Ukraine last week, but the Georgian government has so far been firm on this issue. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said last week: “No one on earth can convince us to release Saakashvili”, Who goes “Serve all your sentences”.