By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Street protests against the brutal abuse of prisoners escalated Thursday in the Georgian capital, fueling anger against the Western-allied government and possibly boosting support for the opposition before a tight parliamentary election.
"The government has reacted quickly: A minister has stepped down, and the perpetrators of these crimes have been arrested," he told the Associated Press. "I don't think it will affect our electorate. People have long made their choice in our favor."
He said the "intolerable and outrageous" prison videos have taught a "hard lesson to the government," but he insisted it wouldn't lead to the ruling party's defeat at the polls.