Georgia police arrest top opposition head, raid party HQ

Georgian police detain an opposition supporter outside the United National Movement (UNM) party’s headquarters in Tbilisi, Georgia, February 23. Police storm the UNM headquarters today and arrest top opposition leader Nika Melia. – EPA pic, February 23, 2021.

GEORGIAN police arrested a top opposition leader today and used tear gas in a violent raid on his party headquarters, further deepening a political crisis sparked by last year’s disputed parliamentary elections.

Live television footage showed Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement, the country’s main opposition party, being dragged from his party headquarters to be placed in pre-trial detention.

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