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Georgia: Thousands join third day of protest outside parliament01:55

Georgia: Thousands join third day of protest outside parliament

Georgia, Tbilisi
June 22, 2019 at 22:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people gathered outside of the Georgian Parliament building in Tbilisi on Saturday as anti-government protests entered their third day.

Demonstrators called for the resignation of Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Gakharia and for the release all who were detained during the last two days of protest action.

At least 240 people, including 80 police officers, were injured as protesters clashed with the law enforcement outside the parliament building on Thursday evening and in the early hours of Friday. The violent clashes led Chairman of the Georgian Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze to resign.

The protests began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy on Thursday. A number of Georgian opposition politicians left the session in protest.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree, suspending flights to Georgia by Russian airlines starting from July 8.

Georgia: Thousands join third day of protest outside parliament01:55
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Thousands of people gathered outside of the Georgian Parliament building in Tbilisi on Saturday as anti-government protests entered their third day.

Demonstrators called for the resignation of Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Gakharia and for the release all who were detained during the last two days of protest action.

At least 240 people, including 80 police officers, were injured as protesters clashed with the law enforcement outside the parliament building on Thursday evening and in the early hours of Friday. The violent clashes led Chairman of the Georgian Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze to resign.

The protests began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy on Thursday. A number of Georgian opposition politicians left the session in protest.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree, suspending flights to Georgia by Russian airlines starting from July 8.