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Protests near parliament building in Tbilisi resume

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
14:22, 22 June 2019
Georgia protests, June 2019
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A protest rally near the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi resumed. This is reported by civilian activist Nikolai Levshits, reports Meduza.

Earlier, it was reported that the speaker of the Georgian parliament resigned after mass protests.

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.

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

Related: Georgian Parliament Spokesperson resigns

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

We recall that the protests in Tbilisi began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov spoke in the Georgian parliament; he opened the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy. At that moment, Gavrilov was sitting in the chair of the speaker of the parliament and spoke in Russian. His speech was interrupted by opposition deputies who demanded that the Russian delegation leave parliament. The protesters are demanding the resignation of the chairman of the Georgian parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze, the head of the Interior Ministry, Giorgi Gakhariya, and the head of the State Security Service, Vakhtang Gomelauri.

After the disruption of the meeting, the Russian MPs moved to a hotel in the center of Tbilisi, near which the protest began. When Gavrilov and other delegates left the hotel, the activists poured water over them. It is noted that the Russian lawmakers left the hotel with the security; they have already left Georgia.

Georgian media spread information that Gavrilov took part in the hostilities against Georgia on the side of Abkhazia. The MP himself denies this information.
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