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Georgian police clash with anti-government protesters

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Anti-government demonstrators in Georgia have been beaten up by masked police in the capital Tbilisi.

Demonstrators were demanding the release of several opposition activists arrested in protests at the parliament building on Friday, when about 50 men dressed in black emerged from Tbilisi’s main police station and set about them with truncheons. The violence was an extension of two months of unrest aimed at forcing President Mikhail Saakashvili out of office over his record on democracy, and the handling of last year’s war with Russia. Saakashvili has dismissed calls for his resignation. He was criticised for a heavy-handed crackdown on opposition protesters two years ago.