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Police and anti-government protesters clash in Georgia

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Police and anti-government protesters clash in Georgia


Georgian riot police clash with stone-throwing demonstrators close to Tbilisi an indication that political tension is on the rise ahead of local elections.
Security forces armed with truncheons dealt with several hundred anti-government protesters during a police parade addressed by President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Opponents of Saakashvili are threatening to take to the streets after the May 30 elections the first test at the ballot box for the under pressure president since the humiliation of the five-day war with Russia in 2008.
Critics accuse the pro-western leader of marginalising the opposition, manipulating the media and intimidating those opposed to his regime.

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