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Protesters in Georgia rally in support of jailed Saakashvili

Source : 112 Ukraine

The stage was set for a potentially tense standoff between security forces and opposition supporters, but the rally outside the prison in the town of Rustavi, southeast of the capital Tbilisi, was largely peaceful
21:18, 7 November 2021

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Around 3,000 Georgian protesters held a rally in support of jailed former president Mikheil Saakashvili outside the prison where he says he is on hunger strike. This is reported by Reuters.

Georgia's state security service said the protests were part of a planned coup devised and directed by Saakashvili.

 

The stage was set for a potentially tense standoff between security forces and opposition supporters, but the rally outside the prison in the town of Rustavi, southeast of the capital Tbilisi, was largely peaceful.

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"The organisers of the protests plan to block government buildings," Russia's TASS news agency quoted a state security spokesman as saying. "Those actions aimed at violently seizing power are being planned by the convicted Mikheil Saakashvili from prison."

Saakashvili, 53, has been on hunger strike for more than a month in prison, his lawyers have said, but Georgia's prison service on Saturday published video footage shot in early November that appeared to show Saakashvili eating from a small cup with a spoon.

 

The Public Defender of Georgia, or human rights ombudsman, whose representatives visited Saakashvili in prison on Saturday, rejected the prison service's claims and corroborated Saakashvili's version of events.

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