Clashes between the police and protesters. Batumi, December 13, 2020. Screenshot of the video by "Sputnik Грузия" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW3Phkw6Mis&feature=emb_title"

15 December 2020, 17:20

Activists arrested after protest action in Batumi

The court has sentenced six protesters against the outcomes of the Georgian parliamentary elections to seven days of arrest each. They were detained on December 13, after an attempt to enter the Adjara parliament building and clashes with the police.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported, citing the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), that activists tried to enter the parliament and were detained after a clash with policemen, and one of the latter received traumas.

Since November 8, supporters of the opposition have been holding an endless protest action outside the building of the Adjara Government demanding repeated parliamentary elections and complaining about the tough restrictions introduced due to the pandemic.

The six detainees at the Batumi rally are members of the "Alternative" youth organization and supporters of the opposition, the Georgian Public Broadcaster reports. They are accused of petty hooliganism and disobeying a legal order of the police.

According to the TV channel, policemen acted harshly during the detention.

The NGO "Young Lawyers' Association" intends to appeal against the court judgement.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 15, 2020 at 06:13 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Galina Gotua; Source: CK correspondent

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