On October 14, in Freedom Square in central Tbilisi, the opposition United National Movement staged thousands of anti-government rallies demanding the release of its founder, Georgia's third president, Mikheil Saakashvili, News Georgia and German world report.
Traffic jams have formed in various parts of the Georgian capital due to the large number of cars with national flags and #FreeMisha stickers. Several tens of thousands of people came to the action from the regions, almost as many were in the square and residents of the capital. In total, the rally in honor of Saakashvili gathered about 50 thousand people.
One of the police officers estimated the number of demonstrations as follows: "depending on political interests, the estimates will be from 30 to 50 thousand participants... the right number somewhere in the middle."
In front of the audience, the general director of the opposition channel "Mtavari" and one of Saakashvili's lawyers Nika Melia read the message of the politician. In a letter to his supporters, Saakashvili called for "liberating Georgia", coming to the second round of elections and voting for opposition political forces.
"I can't look at the destruction of our Motherland from the outside. Instead, I would rather die. That is why I am in Georgia and I am determined to stay here to contribute to the victory over the regime. We have to take the last step and the Ivanishvili regime - this "Carthage" of lies, evil and oppression will definitely be destroyed. Light will change darkness, good will defeat evil. May God protect us!" Saakashvili's message reads.
The words of the ex-president were met with applause by the people.
Opposition politicians later called on the authorities to immediately release the former president from prison in Rustavi, where he continues to hold a hunger strike, and to end his political persecution.
The event was accompanied by performances by popular pop artists.
The date of the rally was chosen for a reason - this day, October 14, is a day off in Georgia, a religious holiday for the Orthodox. United National Movement promised to hold the largest rally in recent years, and it succeeded.
As it was reported earlier, former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has reported that he arrived in his motherland for the first time since 2013 on October 1. However, that same evening Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated that Saakashvili was arrested and had already been taken to the penitentiary. There Saakashvili went on a hunger strike.
Soon, ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili was transferred to the individual cell.