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Georgia: Police deploy rubber bullets at Tbilisi protest, injuring dozens

Georgia, Tbilisi
June 20, 2019 at 22:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least 30 demonstrators and 39 police officers were injured at an anti-government protest outside the parliament building in Tbilisi on Thursday.

A Ruptly producer in Georgia is among those injured as he was hit by rubber bullet while covering the protest.

Earlier in the night, protesters tried to force their way into the building as they demanded the resignation of parliamentary Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze and other top officials.

Georgia’s Interior Ministry called on demonstrators “to immediately stop the violations of law and violence, otherwise, police will take measures provided by law,” in a statement published on their official website.

Later, eyewitnesses reported that riot police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

The rally began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy earlier on Thursday. A number of Georgian opposition politicians left the session in protest.

Tbilisi Mayor Kakhaber Kaladze said it was “unacceptable” to hold the assembly “under the leadership of a Russian speaker.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigori Karasin expressed his “outrage” over the accident.

*Mandatory onscreen courtesy to Ruptly*

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At least 30 demonstrators and 39 police officers were injured at an anti-government protest outside the parliament building in Tbilisi on Thursday.

A Ruptly producer in Georgia is among those injured as he was hit by rubber bullet while covering the protest.

Earlier in the night, protesters tried to force their way into the building as they demanded the resignation of parliamentary Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze and other top officials.

Georgia’s Interior Ministry called on demonstrators “to immediately stop the violations of law and violence, otherwise, police will take measures provided by law,” in a statement published on their official website.

Later, eyewitnesses reported that riot police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

The rally began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy earlier on Thursday. A number of Georgian opposition politicians left the session in protest.

Tbilisi Mayor Kakhaber Kaladze said it was “unacceptable” to hold the assembly “under the leadership of a Russian speaker.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigori Karasin expressed his “outrage” over the accident.

*Mandatory onscreen courtesy to Ruptly*

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