Rallies held in regions to protest prisoner abuse in Georgia

Thu 20 September 2012 07:32 GMT | 12:32 Local Time

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Protest rally will take place today at the State Philharmonic Hall.

Protest rallies were held in regions of Georgia to object to the torture and sexual assault on convicts revealed in prison No8 in Gldani district of Tbilisi.

Activists of the Georgian Dream coalition, students and attorneys assembled in the center of Black Sea town Batumi and marched to prison No 3. They demanded investigation of the facts of prisoner abuse and said the issues should not be politicized.

Locals assembled outside prison No 2 in the city of Kutaisi yesterday. Along with journalists, representatives of NGOs and politicians, clergymen also joined the rally.

A procession was held in teh town of Zugdidi as well. Christian Democrats and members of the Free Georgia political party joined teh protest rally which was organized by leaders of teh Georgian Dream coalition. The rally participants said the facts should be investigated and assessed without politicizing them. They addressed the president and demanded punishment of the offenders in accordance with the Georgian Law.

Locals also protested the facts of prisoner abuse in teh town of Poti on teh Black Sea coast. Single-mandate candidate for Poti of teh Georgian Dram Coalition organized a procession in the streets of teh town. Eka Beselia was joined by the coalition members and supporters.

As the organizers of protest rallies stated yesterday, the protest rally will take place today at the State Philharmonic Hall at 17:00 . According to them, all the people, who yesterday held rallies at various points in the city, will gather at the Philharmonic Hall.

Yesterday one of the organizers, human rights activist Levan Chitadze declared after the part of the protesters had refused to leave:

"Today, we break up, because we need to restore force. Tomorrow we there shall be a lot of us. Tomorrow we will all come together, and if you wish, we will spend the night at Philharmonic until the first of October".




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