Musicians Tamriko Chokhonelidze, Lela Tsurtsumia, Leks-seni, Merab Sefashvili and Paata Burchuladze joined the movement demanding the release of the oposition-minded TV channel Mtavari Arkhi founder Nika Gvaramia.
Founder Bachana Shengelia presented the new members of the movement to the public today, on April 10, at a press conference held in Dedaena Garden.
According to Shengelia, he is proud that many well-known doctors, professors, artists, writers, actors and singers have joined the demand for the release of Nika Gvaramia, as he believes that their position on this difficult path is very important.
Singer Tamriko Chokhonelidze also commented to journalists, saying that the arrest of Nika Gvaramia is another message from the government that the country should not join the European Union, which according to Chokhonelidze, society will not allow. The singer addressed President Salome Zurabishvili and said that the public deserves to know why Zurabishvili does not pardon Nika Gvaramia.
“This is a fight for law and justice. Nika’s imprisonment is another message from our enemies with Georgian surnames that this country should not join the European Union. We will not allow this, we stand firmly to protect the prisoner who was imprisoned on such an unjust, absurd charge. I would tell Mrs. Salome that if she doesn’t pardon him, the Georgian people are still worthy of telling her why she doesn’t do that,” Chokhonelidze stated.
In February of this year, the movement was created in support of Nika Gvaramia. A part of the members of the “Intellect Club” laid the foundation for the process. They claimed that the way to Georgia’s European future is through the release of Nika Gvaramia from illegal imprisonment.
The city court sentenced Gvaramia to 3 years and 6 months in prison on May 16, 2022.
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