Anti-Russian protests in Georgia, parliament speaker resigns

19:28, 21 June 2019

Thousands of protesters took it to the street in Gerogian capital Tbilisi on late Thursday. The rally continued until early Friday and eventually stopped, with Parliament Speaker Irakliy Kobakhidze resigning.

On June 20, the Georgian Parliament hosted the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the Orthodoxy. Sergei Garvilov, Russia's Communist party MP took the seat of the Speaker, which enraged the parliamentary opposition and thousands of common residents of Tbilisi. 

Protesters demanded that Parliament Speaker, Interior Minister and Head of the State Security Service left their offices, as they are the ones repsponsible for the incident.  Clashes occurred due to the protests, with the police shooting rubber bullets and water cannons. There are dozens of wounded on both sides of the scuffle. Some even needed surgical assistance.