The leader of the Georgian opposition party “United National Movement” (UNM) MP Nika Melia was arrested by law enforcement officers in Tbilisi. On February 23, the First Channel of the Georgian Public Broadcaster reported.
Melia, who heads the party of former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, barricaded himself with his supporters in the party’s office in Tbilisi. The police had to use pepper gas to disperse Melia’s aggressive supporters, after which the opposition leader and about ten of his associates were detained.
In front of the party’s office on the street, spontaneous protest actions of party supporters began, those gathered chanting slogans in protest against the actions of the security forces. The building is cordoned off by police officers.
Let us remind you that the detention of Melia was sanctioned on February 17 by the Tbilisi court for failure to pay bail in the amount of 40 thousand lari (more than $ 12 thousand). The oppositionist is accused of organizing the storming of the Georgian parliament building during the anti-Russian actions in June 2019. Melia was given a bond, which the opposition leader refused to pay. The Georgian parliament stripped the opposition leader of his parliamentary immunity, effectively allowing his arrest. After the court decision to arrest Melia and his supporters, he locked himself in the party office and refused to obey the security forces.
Earlier IA REGNUM reported that the leader of the largest party in Georgia (UNM) Nika Melia called on the leadership of the ruling Georgian Dream party to abandon their intentions to deprive him of freedom.