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Defend Georgia activists went on hunger strike

2009-06-23 17:33

Defend Georgia youth organization activists went on hunger strike near the EU mission building in Tbilisi.

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They demand to release of the opposition members detained on June 15th , in a clash with police near the main MIA building - Novosti-Gruziya.

The action is aimed to call on Peter Semneby, the EU special envoy in Caucasus, to more activity against the illegal actions of the authorities, said Rati Maisuradze, the organization representative.

"We protest against the illegal actions of the authorities", Maisuradze stated.

The hunger strike will last until th prisoners are released.

On June 15th a clash between opposition activists and policemen occurred, Zurab Abashidze [Alliance for Georgia member] was wounded, several journalists suffered. Police detained 39 people, 4 were sentenced to 1-month imprisonment, all the rest - 400 lari of fine. Maestro and Caucasia TV channels temporarily halted broadcasting as a protest, since their journalists were beaten.

 

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