Thousands gather in Georgia to demand the release of Saakashvili.

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On October 14, 2021, people attend a rally demanding the release of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who was imprisoned in Tbilisi, Georgia.Reuters / Irakli Gedenize

October 14, 2021

Tbilisi (Reuters)-Thousands of supporters waving the flag of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who were imprisoned after returning from asylum this month, protested in Tbilisi on Thursday, and his lawyer called on them to save the country. So I demanded his release.

He says the rally has attracted the most protesters since the arrest of pro-western Saakashvili on October 1 for abuse of power and concealment of evidence when he was president.

Saakashvili’s lawyer read his statement from the stage when the crowd gathered in the city center.

“Now it’s time to save Georgia, so we have to be together … this evil, betrayal, and oppressive Carthage will certainly fall,” the former president mentions the ancient city destroyed by the war. I wrote it.

Many Georgian flags were found above the crowd, some with the European Union and Ukrainian flags. There, Saakashvili lived before returning to his home country.

Saakashvili, who was president until 2013, led the Rose Revolution in 2003 and ended the presidency of Eduard Shevardnaze. He is a figurehead of some of the opposition, but was ridiculed as a clown by critics of the dominant Georgian dream party.

“This is not justice of what is happening to him, this is political revenge,” said protester Missha Mushbildaze.

The day after Saakashvili’s arrest, the United National Movement opposition, founded by the former president, was defeated by the George Andream Party, which won 46.7% with 30.7% support in local elections.

UNM President Nikmelia will participate in the second round of the Tbilisi Mayor’s election on October 30th.

(Report by David Chkhikvishvili and Maria Tsvetkova, edited by Nick Macfie and Alison Williams)

Thousands gather in Georgia to demand the release of Saakashvili

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