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Nika Melia – Saakashvili’s associate was arrested in Georgia – World news – UNIAN


MP is accused of organizing an attempt to storm the national parliament in the summer of 2019

The police during the assault used special equipment, including pepper gas / screenshot from the video

In Georgia, law enforcement officers stormed the office of the opposition United National Movement (UNM) party and detained its leader Nika Melia. The police used special means, including pepper gas.

Echo of the Caucasus reports.

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The assault on the central office of the largest opposition party in Georgia began at about 7:30 am Tbilisi time. The Interior Ministry urged opposition supporters not to interfere with the detention of Nika Melia.

According to the Rustavi 2 TV channel, during the storming of the UNM office, the security forces used tear gas. This was also reported by the “Georgia News” portal. According to him, the security forces took Melia out of the office in an armored car.

Nika Melia is accused of organizing, leading and participating in gang violence in the June 20, 2019 riot case.

The United National Movement Party was founded by Mikhail Saakashvili. She ruled during the leadership of the country, but in 2012 she lost the parliamentary elections. After that, the UNM party went into opposition, and Saakashvili himself left the country. Since then, Georgian Dream has remained in power, and the UNM has been the main opposition force.

Riots on June 20, 2019 in Georgia

The reason for the protest actions organized by the opposition, which began in Tbilisi in June 2019, was the plenary session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy, held in the Georgian parliament. During it, the deputy of the Russian State Duma Sergei Gavrilov took the place of the speaker of parliament and chaired the meeting in Russian. As a result of clashes between protesters and the police, several hundred people were injured.

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Denis Pryadko

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