Dozens of supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili have been arrested by police during a demonstration that attracted some 1,000 people.

The arrested persons would have hindered traffic, Georgia media reported.

Protesters flocked to the court in the capital Tbilisi, where the first hearing in a lawsuit against Saakashvili took place.

The supporters waved flags of Georgia and the European Union and chanted Saakashvili's name.

In total, several dozen protesters were arrested.

Saakashvili was arrested by the Georgian authorities when he returned from exile about two months ago.

Television shows that the former leader is in a glass cage.

He had already made it clear via social media that in his eyes there is "zero chance" that he will be treated fairly by this court.

Former President Saakashvili sits in a glass cage during the court hearing on Monday.

Former President Saakashvili sits in a glass cage during the court hearing on Monday.

Saakashvili was already convicted in absentia for abuse of power

Saakashvili, 53, served as Georgia's president from early 2004 to late 2013, after which he went abroad.

He spent some time in the Netherlands and was politically active in Ukraine.

In his home country, meanwhile, he was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison for abuse of power.

He is also being prosecuted for other offences.

The former president calls all allegations politically motivated.

He went on hunger strike after his arrest, but has since stopped.

Monday's hearing centered on whether he was personally involved in a 2007 Georgian police crackdown on protesters.

His lawyer says there is no evidence that he did anything wrong.

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