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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

TV Hero Rallies Protesters in Tbilisi

TBILISI, Georgia -- A poet and singer who locked himself in a room three months ago as part of a televised protest against Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili briefly emerged from his improvised cell on Tuesday to rally supporters.

Georgy Gachechiladze has been under the 24-hour gaze of television cameras on the anti-government Maestro Television since January, swearing to stay put until Saakashvili resigns.

His personal protest has been adopted by opposition leaders, whose activists have taken to camping in tents and "cells" outside Saakashvili's office and the public broadcaster.

Gachechiladze left for one hour Tuesday to address several thousand supporters in Tbilisi rallying for a second week. "I'm sure this nightmare Georgians are experiencing will end soon, and a new, great era will begin for our country," he told the crowd.