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Protesters clash over Russia in Tblisi, Georgia

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Protesters clash over Russia in Tblisi, Georgia

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Pro and anti-Russian supporters have clashed in the Georgian capital of Tblisi.

Protesters argued for the re-establishment of ties with Russia, which were severed following a conflict in 2008. They were met by the Western-orientated NGO ‘Free Zone’ activist group, who chanted ‘You are slaves’.

Police broke up the two groups outside the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

Russia crushed Georgian troops in their assault on South Ossetia in 2008, following years of growing tensions between Moscow and US-ally Tbilisi.