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TBILISI—Georgian police used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to dispel an antigovernment demonstration in the capital Tbilisi early in the early hours of Thursday morning. Two people were killed and 37 were injured in the clash, according to a police statement, although the circumstances in which the deaths occurred were contested.
The crackdown followed five days of small-scale protests by Georgia's divided opposition parties, escalating when several hundred of the demonstrators camped out in the city's main boulevard Wednesday night. Opposition leader Nino Burjanadze pledged to the crowd to disrupt Georgia's annual Independence Day parade the following day.
Soon after the city government's permit to hold the rally expired at midnight, riot police surrounded the demonstrators, broke through a makeshift barricade and drove the protesters away from the city's main thoroughfare. The protesters scattered amid clashes, some hiding in nearby buildings. Police tied up and pulled to the ground several demonstrators.
One policeman and a protester were killed when they were hit by a convoy of vehicles belonging to Ms. Burjanadze as they sped away from the impending clash, the police statement said.
Georgia police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters
May 26 (Reuters) - Georgian riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon on Thursday to disperse several hundred opposition protesters demanding the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili, a Reuters reporter said.
Emergency workers were tending to several people with blood on their faces, after protesters ran away from a demonstration outside the parliament building in central Tbilisi in the early hours of Thursday morning, the reporter said.
Opposition groups have called, during several days of protests in the capital, for Saakashvili to quit and for early elections.
Originally posted by confreak
reply to post by Chevalerous
I don't watch that much MSM, can someone tell us whether this is being broad casted in CNN, BBC, FOX NEWS and other main news outlets?
Al-Jazeera is busy taking sides in the Arab uprisings, they don't have anything in their front page regarding Georgia.