Georgia police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters

By REUTERS
May 26, 2011 00:29

 
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TBILISI - 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.

Opponents accuse him of monopolising power since the 2003 "Rose Revolution" that ousted the post-Soviet old guard in the Caucasus state, where pipelines carry Caspian oil to the West. Weakened by losing a brief war with Russia in August 2008, Saakashvili has since reasserted control.

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