Some 40,000 Georgians have been rallying outside parliament, demanding that President Mikhail Saakashvili quit.
Opposition leaders say demonstrations will occur daily until he steps down. They accuse him of exercising an authoritarian streak to stifle democratic reforms promised in the 2003 Rose Revolution. Last year’s disastrous war with Russia has also emboldened critics who say Saakashvili has made too many mistakes. Turnout was down on opposition forecasts of 150,000. Police meanwhile denied claims they earlier detained dozens of opposition activists.