Georgian opposition leader arrested, protesters set up camp
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Demonstrators have set up tents outside Georgia’s parliament building and blocked the capital’s main avenue to protest the arrest of the leader of the country’s main opposition party. Tuesday’s demonstration came hours after police stormed the headquarters of the United National Movement and arrested its chairman, lawmaker Nika Melia. Georgian media reported that about 20 other people were also arrested at the party’s headquarters. Before the police raid, parliament members named a new prime minister to replace the one who opposed arresting Melia because of concern it would escalate a political crisis stemming from the country’s fall election. Melia faces charges of inciting violence during protests in 2019. He had been free on bail.