An extremely graphic video showing prison abuse in Georgia from staff has protesters taking to the streets with signs and shouts of outrage, leading to arrests at the Gldani Number 8 Penitentiary in Tbilisi. President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili said on Wednesday that it was “a horrific affront to human rights and human dignity.”
Television stations in Georgia broadcast the videos this week. Saakashvili said in a statement that the police had arrested most of the individuals involved. “Others are on the run but being actively pursued by police.” The video, which is included below, is quite graphic, one scene showing a group of guards beating on a prison while he cries out, and another showing a man being raped with a broom handle while he sobs. There is no excuse for this abuse, and it is simply human cruelty for sport.
Georgia’s Minister of Corrections & Legal Assistance, Khatuna Kalmakhelidze, resigned over the prison abuse in Georgia. “During my time in the office I tried my best and did everything possible to ensure the protection of human rights and to bring the corrections system, as much as possible, in conformity with the European standards,” she said in a statement. “It seems, however, that this effort was not enough, since such facts have taken place. I am very sorry about what happened and it does not matter who orchestrated these events.” From her statement, it seems as if she might know who started this abuse, because it clearly does matter who “orchestrated” the incidents.
The video is below. Be aware that it is very graphic and not suitable for all viewers.
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