Opposition gives Georgian authorities 24 hours to hospitalize Saakashvili

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Representatives of the Georgian opposition demanded that the country's authorities hospitalize the politician Mikheil Saakashvili within 24 hours. Otherwise, a large-scale rally will take place in Tbilisi on November 8. This was announced on Saturday, November 6, at a rally in support of the ex-president of Georgia, by the head of the United National Movement party, Nika Melia.

“Bidzina Ivanishvili (founder of the ruling Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia party - Ed.) Has 24 hours to make a sensible decision and transport Mikhail Saakashvili to a place where his health and life will be safe. If he does not do this within 24 hours, we will gather on the Freedom Square with all of Georgia on Monday, November 8, at 20:00, ” Melia quoted by TASS.

The ex-president's lawyers and personal doctor say Saakashvili, who is on hunger strike, is deteriorating. They demand to transfer him to a clinic outside the prison.

Mikhail Saakashvili was detained on October 1 after he secretly returned to his homeland. He was placed in prison No. 12 in Rustavi, where on the same day, in protest, he announced his refusal to eat. Saakashvili's lawyers speak of a significant deterioration in his health.

After living abroad for 8 years, Saakashvili returned to Georgia to campaign for the opposition ahead of the municipal elections.