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Following thousands-strong protests on Saturday, and with more expected on Sunday, Georgian opposition leader Nino Burdzhanadze claimed a revolution provoked by the government has started in the country.
From 2,000 to 3,000 people are protesting in capital Tbilisi near the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s offices, demanding the current government’s resignation in order to conduct early parliamentary and presidential elections, Itar-Tass news agency reports.
According to Burdzhanadze people were being arrested not only in Tbilisi and Batumi, where the most violence protests took place, but also in other cities. Riot police are said to have been using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse rallies.
On Saturday the People’s Assembly movement supporters were protesting on Freedom Square in Tbilisi. In the evening protesters moved to the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s premises. About 5,000 people have taken part in the rally in the capital, and Batumi also hosted a rally that attracted some 2,000 protesters.
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Former Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili, who fled the country to avoid criminal prosecution, promised to return to Georgia to take part in the May 25 opposition rally. “May 25 will mark the last day of the current authorities,” said Okruashvili.
In its turn, the Georgian Interior Ministry has promised to arrest Okruashvili, when he returns to the motherland. “We are waiting for him,” said interior ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili.
Georgian opposition supporters called for the resignation of President Mikhail Saakashvili during a rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, May 21, 2011. Thousands of opposition demonstrators rallied in the capital of ex-Soviet Georgia calling on President Mikhail Saakashvili to step down. Opposition accuses the U.S.-educated and pro-Western leader of corruption and a crackdown on democratic reforms.
Georgian police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a protest rally near the office of the country’s public broadcaster. Protesters held a live TV transmission calling for Saakashvili’s immediate resignation.
Leaders of the opposition movement Popular Assembly and several more political parties have announced that they have been holding sessions in order to develop a joint action plans.
Preliminary reports say that the Georgian Party, headed by former defense minister Irakly Okruashvili, will also take part in the talks. The Georgian Party has promised to take part in the Day of Anger – a mass protest action scheduled on May 25. Okruashvili has promised personally to lead the protesters (the former minister has been granted political asylum in France after Georgian authorities charged him with corruption and threatened him with prison if he did not recall his sharp criticism of Saakashvili’s regime).