Tens of thousands of opposition supporters have been demonstrating in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, calling for President Mikhail Saakashvili’s resignation.
Organisers insisted it was simply the first of many rallies, denouncing what they called the president’s authoritarain rule.
Opposition leader and former parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze said: “We are protesting about neo Bolshevism in this country. We’re living in a neo-Bolshevik country right now. All talks about democracy are just talks and a facade. We are fighting for democracy, for justice, for free and fair elections.”
The opposition claims many supporters were prevented from joining the rally by the police – allegations denied by the Interior Ministry.