At the Police Day celebration on May 19, Charge d`Affaires Bridget Brink said that the United States stands with PM Ivanishvili and others who condemn the violence that occurred at a May 17 rally in Tbilisi to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.
The President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Wilfried Martens, has expressed his astonishment and concern at yesterday’s arrest and detention of former Prime Minister and UNM Secretary General Vano Merabishvili and of former Health Minister, current governor of Kakheti, Zurab Chiaberashvili
Wife of the United National Movement`s secretary general Vano Merabishvili has returned from France to Georgia late last night. He left the Tbilisi airport without comments for media. Vano Merabishvili was sent to two-month pre-trial detention last night.
Rustavi 2 Broadcasting Company in accordance with the right conceded by the Georgian Law has decided to broadcast live the trial sitting for Secretary General of United National Movement and Governor of Kakheti Region.
Two demonstrations are held in Kutaisi simultaneously. The supporters of the United National Movement assembled at the insulator, where Vano Merabishvili and Zurab Chiaberashvili are currently held after detention and demanded their release.
President of Georgia has released a special statement on his facebook page regarding the detention of the UNM secretary general Vano Merabishvili and president`s representative to Kakheti Region, former minister of health care Zurab Chiaberashvili.
Radio Liberty has recorded an interview with a representative of the U.S. Department of State regarding the detention of secretary general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili and president`s representative to Kakheti Region Zurab Chiaberashvili.