Georgian protesters storm Parliament in Tbilisi

Source : 112 Ukraine

About 10,000 people expressed anger over a Russian MP who gave a speech from the Parliament rostrum; the Russian delegation left Georgia after street clashes with police occurred
08:05, 21 June 2019

Protest in Georgia, June 2019

An unrest took place in the Georgian capital on late June 20. Thousands of protesters took it to the street; they were angry because of the Russian MP holding a speech at the Georgian Parliament, as it hosted the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy. 

The protests ignited as Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov opened the session, speaking in Russia. The Georgian opposition demanded that he stop immediately. The day before his speech, Gavrilov claimed that Russia considers the separation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia irrevocable; Georgia strongly opposed that point of view, not recognizing these breakaway regions as sovereign republics.

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According to Reuters, the protesters "tried to storm Georgia’s parliament building on Thursday evening, pushing against lines of riot police, throwing bottles and grabbing riot shields from some officers and tearing off their helmets". 

"After hours of confrontation between protesters and the police dozens had been taken to hospitals with injuries from rubber bullets or stones, thrown by protesters, as well as tear gas poisoning", the outlet added.

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The police used tear gas and rubber bullets against some protesters, which the government denied. 

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze blamed the opposition MPs for charging the conflict to that point.

By the night, 'the majority of protesters left the area outside the parliament, but dozens of them remained at adjoining streets, while police continued to use tear gas to disperse them', Reuters concluded.

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