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Georgian protesters clash with police

Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 01:16

May 22 - Opposition protesters clash with police in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi during anti-government demonstrations. Simon Hanna reports.

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Georgian anti-government protesters attack a police vehicle in the capital Tbilisi. Opposition representatives said these demonstrators were angered by the detention of one of their activists. The policeman in the vehicle escaped unhurt - and his colleagues soon responded by cracking down on the crowd with tear gas and riot police. The clashes mark the first incident of violence between police and protesters since anti-government demonstrations began on Saturday. More than 10,000 Georgians took part in a rally in the capital, calling on President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign. Opponents accuse the president - whose term is due to end in 2013 - of monopolising power. These are the biggest opposition protests in Georgia since 2009. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Georgian protesters clash with police

Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 01:16