Rallies in support of ex-President Saakashvili were held in Georgia and other countries of the world
Actions in support of jailed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili took place in several Georgian cities and foreign countries, Mtavari Arch TV reports.
The protesters demanded to allow Saakashvili to continue treatment in a foreign clinic. The former president is undergoing treatment at a Tbilisi clinic due to complications after a long hunger strike.
“Actions under the SaveMisha slogan took place outside Georgia’s consulates general and embassies in New York, Washington, DC, London, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna, Brussels, Strasbourg, The Hague, Prague, Stockholm, Bern, Sofia, Barcelona, Athens, Tel Aviv, Kiev and Chisinau. Supporters also held rallies in Batumi, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Gori, Zugdidi, Chorvili and Ureki,” the TV company said.
Some of the rallies were organized by United National Movement opposition party members and some were organized by lawyer and human rights activist Mark Feygin.
Saakashvili was detained in Georgia on October 1, 2021 and is facing several criminal cases. The politician was convicted in absentia in the murder of banker Sandro Girgvliani and the beating of MP Valery Gelashvili. In the first case Saakashvili was sentenced to three years in prison, in the second – to six. He is also involved in the cases about the dispersal of the opposition rally on November 7, 2007, about the pogrom on TV station Imedi and about the embezzlement of state budget funds – they are still at court. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said Saakashvili will stay in jail for a long time; he will serve his full sentence.