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Fifth day of protests against Georgian president

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Fifth day of protests against Georgian president


Demonstrations to oust President Mikhail Saakashvili are continuing in Georgia for a fifth consecutive day. Hundreds of people are on the streets of the capital Tbilisi, some maintaining a vigil outside the state television’s studios.

Though the number of protesters has decreased, those still taking part remain defiant. Speaking to reporters, opposition leader Nino Burjanadze said “the situation is very difficult. It’s not because people don’t want to fight, it’s because they’re scared of the dictatorship. In any case, we will continue this struggle.”

Wednesday’s protests are a far cry from the violence seen when unrest began on Sunday when angry demonstrators turned on the president’s supporters, damaging government cars. The opposition are accusing President Saakashvili of authoritarianism and failing to deal with widespread poverty.

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