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Police move in on Georgian protest

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Police move in on Georgian protest


Police in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters calling on President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign.

The opposition sad the confrontation was provoked by police, who tried to seize an activist outside Georgia’s public television studios.

Georgia’s interior ministry said the clashes started when the protesters tried to damage a police vehicle.

The clashes came in the early hours of the morning following yesterday’s march by some 6,000 members of the National Assembly opposition alliance in Tbilisi.

They accuse the pro-western Saakashvili of neo-Bolshevism, failing to tackle widespread poverty and corruption and blame him for losing Georgian territory during the conflict with Russia in 2008.

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