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Georgian Opposition, Activists Hold Protest In Tbilisi

Protesters block traffic during a rally in Tbilisi on April 30.
TBILISI -- Georgian human rights activists and opposition members blocked a major street in central Tbilisi to demand the immediate release of political prisoners, RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus reports.

The demonstrators first gathered on April 30 in front of the parliament building before blocking Rustaveli Avenue.

The action was initiated by the nongovernmental organization Solidarity with Illegal Inmates.

Leading political opposition leaders attended the protest, as did Manana Archvadze-Gamsakhurdia, the widow of late President Zviad Gamsakhurdia.

She considers her son, Tsotne Gamsakhurdia, to be a political prisoner. He was recently sentenced to prison for attempted murder.

Opposition leader Levan Gachechiladze said there were at least 50 people in prison that the opposition considers to be political prisoners.