A special task force has arrested the opposition leader, Chairman of the United National Movement party Nika Melia, at the party office. Before the arrest, the law enforcers sprayed pepper spray into the room.
The special operation started at dawn.
“The decision of Tbilisi City Court Judge Nino Chakhnashvili, announced on February 17 of the current year, to use the norm of detention against Nikanor Melia has been executed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs – Nikanor Melia has been detained.
“The law enforcers warned the citizens gathered in front and inside the office of the United National Movement on Kakheti Highway, Tbilisi, not to obstruct the representatives of the police in the execution of the court decision and gave them reasonable time.
“Despite numerous warnings from the side of the Ministry on the spot, the gathered demonstrators at the party office did not obey the lawful request of the police and offered resistance to the law enforcement officers.
“Thus, the police applied coercive measures and special means provided by law to enforce their official duties entrusted to the Ministry of Internal Affairs by the court,” stated the Ministry of Internal Affairs.