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Georgia arrests opposition chief, makes use of tear gasoline in raid on social gathering workplace

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Georgian police on Tuesday arrested a prime opposition chief and used tear gasoline in a violent raid on his social gathering headquarters, additional deepening a political disaster sparked by final 12 months’s disputed parliamentary elections.

Stay tv footage confirmed Nika Melia, the chief of the United Nationwide Motion, the nation’s primary opposition social gathering, being dragged from his social gathering headquarters to be positioned in pre-trial detention.

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In the meantime a whole lot of riot police used tear gasoline in opposition to his supporters and the leaders of all the nation’s opposition events, who’ve been camped out within the constructing since Wednesday, the Mtavari TV stay photos confirmed.

Scores of opposition supporters have been detained.

“Shocked by the scenes at UNM headquarters this morning,” British ambassador Mark Clayton wrote on Twitter. “Violence and chaos in Tbilisi are the very last thing Georgia wants proper now. I urge all sides to behave with restraint, now and within the coming days.”

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