On 16 October 2015, Tabula director Tamar Chergoleishvili, Tabula chief producer Lexo Machavariani and student Salome Khvadagiani were detained on Rustaveli Avenue. The reason for the detention was putting up posters for the campaign against Gazprom on the construction fence and lighting pole.
The posters depicted cartoons of former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and Gazprom. Notably, there were other posters on the same construction fence too.
The police officers drew up a legal violation report on the basis of Part 1, Article 150 of the violations code. According to this article, “making various types of inscriptions, drawings or symbols on building facades, shop windows, fences, columns, trees without authorization, also putting up placards, slogans, banners at places not allocated for this purpose” is a violation causing damage to property of a self-governing entity.
Later the detainees were released. Tbilisi City Court acknowledged the detainees as violators.
According to the Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili, detention of these individuals for putting up cartoons unjustifiably limited freedom of expression.