Georgia is marking its Independence Day but there seems to be little to celebrate with anti-government protests set to continue for a sixth day.
Riot police used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators demanding the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili and early elections.
Thousands of riot police went in after midnight, detaining several dozen people, to end five days of protests. According to the authorities a policeman died after being hit by a vehicle in the convoy of cars carrying opposition leader Nino Burjanadze.
There is no suggestion that she or her husband were behind the wheel of the vehicle in question. The opposition accuse the pro-Western Saakashvili of monopolising power since the 2003 Rose Revolution that ousted the post-Soviet old guard in the Caucasus state.