Police detain one for election-related violence, involving former first lady Sandra Roelofs

  • The United National Movement accuses the ruling party of the incident in Samegrelo, where several of its party members were attacked. Photo: news.ge.

Agenda.ge, 14 May 2019 - 18:03, Tbilisi,Georgia

Police have detained one person for violence after an incident in the yard of the Dadiani Palace in the Samegrelo region of western Georgia, where former first lady Sandra Roelofs was giving an interview to Odishi TV channel, amid the May 19 by elections.

The United National Movement opposition party (UNM), which presented Roelofs for the Zugdidi Mayor in the upcoming elections, reports that several individuals attacked journalists and a cameraman, attacked party member Nika Vacheishvili and verbally insulted Roelofs.

They were attacked by five individuals who are members of the Georgian Dream ruling party,” the UNM reports.

The Interior Ministry has reported that one individual, Gela Kvaratskhelia, has been detained, who told the media that he would “never allow Roelofs to enter Samegrelo.”

The ministry stated that everyone, no matter which party they belong to, will be held accountable if they violate the law.

They urged people to avoid being provocative in the election period.