25 people detained during clashes in front of parliament released

  • The detainees included members of opposition political parties and civic activists. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge archive.

Agenda.ge, 20 Feb 2021 - 13:40, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Interior Ministry announced late yesterday that 25 individuals who had been detained by police while trying to set up tents in front of the parliament building have been released. 

The ministry said that ‘despite numerous calls and warnings’ the demonstrators did not obey the ‘lawful request’ of the ministry, and continued misconduct, which led to their detention. 

The Interior Ministry calls on the organisers and participants of the rally to maintain public order, refrain from severe provocations, verbal assault of police officers and obey their lawful demands”, the statement reads. 

It notes as well that any violation of law will be ‘addressed immediately’. 

Claiming the 2020 parliamentary elections have been rigged, civic activists and opposition party members had set up tents behind the parliament building for several months now. 

This time activists were planning to set up tents in front of the parliament, though police did not allow them to do so, which led to a dispute with police officers.