Thousands protest peacefully in Georgia for 3rd day

April 12, 2009 02:18

Thousands of people marched through Georgia's capital Saturday on the third day of peaceful protests demanding the resignation of President Mikhail Saakashvili. Despite a steady decline in the number of demonstrators each day, their leaders vowed to resume the daily protests with new vigor after a break for Palm Sunday, which Georgians and other Orthodox Christians celebrate Sunday. Georgia's interior minister, who controls the police, said he was convinced the protests were effectively over. Saakashvili, whose second term runs through 2013, has countered the protests by calling for talks with his opponents. The protest leaders, who head more than a dozen opposition parties, have long shunned talks. But on Friday they said they were willing to talk to the president, if certain conditions were met.

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