Non-Governmentals Asked For Fournier’s Help
07 April, 2011
Non-Governmentals Asked For Fournier’s Help

Since French Ambassador to Georgia Eric Fournier made noisy statements about the recent situation in Georgia, he became a popular figure in both governmental and non-governmental circles. That is why some time ago members of non-governmental organizations gathered in front of the French Embassy and requested help of the Ambassador of the democratic country, to wit - France.
“Solidarity with Illegal Prisoners”, “I am a prisoner too” – young activists with these slogans gathered in front of the French Embassy

in Georgia and once more expressed their protest against the arrest of their peers on 25 March. On that day, the protest rally in support of prisoners turned into physical confrontation between the police and rally activists. The police arrested several most active protesters. Later on, four of them were released after they paid administrative fines. However, the other three – the leader of the Ratom (“Why?”) movement Merab Chikashvili, members of Defend Georgia Giorgi Kharabadze and representative of Popular Council Kakha Chikovani - were sentenced to 10 to 20 days of administrative imprisonment.
As for the young people who gathered in front of the French Embassy, they were the friends of arrested three activists and they forwarded a special appeal to the French Ambassador asking for the mediation of France to free their friends. They said that the arrested youths suffer from inhumane conditions, having no spare clothes and means of hygiene and being subjected to oppression from the prison administration. In protest, the three young men went on hunger strike in their prison cells.
The main argument behind the rally in front of the French Embassy was the fact that France is a democratic country and if the Georgian Authorities do not listen to its own citizens, they may heed to a request of the French Ambassador.
“We approach you with a request to mediate before the Authorities, use the prestige of your country – an avant-garde democratic nation – to save our friends. We demand immediate release of illegally arrested young people or offer bearable conditions to them,” – reads the appeal submitted by the rally members to the French Embassy. They say that if the Government does not heed to their demands, they will stage permanent actions, go to every diplomatic mission stationed in Georgia and ask for mediation in the release of arrested activists.

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