On June 20, several thousand protesters converged on the parliament in downtown Tbilisi, demanding the resignation of the interior minister and the parliament's speaker, and tried to storm the building.
Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze has made a decision to resign amid protests in the country's capital of Tbilisi, Secretary General of the ruling "Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia" party and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze said at a briefing on Friday. But demonstrators resisted for hours and police launched barrages of tear gas.
35 injured people have been discharged from hospitals as they received minor injuries.
"It is unacceptable that a representative of the occupier country chairs a forum in the Georgian parliament", he said.
The party leader also accused some "reckless destructive forces" of igniting the unrest, adding that they are to be prosecuted for what he said was "organizing mass violence".
The radical activists attempted to storm the Parliament building, prompting police to introduce crowd control measures.
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Georgia and its Soviet-era master Russian Federation have always been at loggerheads over Tbilisi's bid to join the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with the spiralling confrontation culminating in a full-out war on August 8, 2008.
Tensions ratcheted up during the assembly's session in the parliament building earlier as some opposition MPs were outraged by the presence of Russian delegation member Sergey Gavrilov, who was addressing the gathering from the seat of the house speaker.
Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kohakhidze said in his opening speech that it was regrettable that the country's greatest problem is that Georgian land is being occupied by a country where they share the same religion, Orthodox Christianity.
Georgian oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili - widely believed to be calling the shots in Georgia as the leader of his ruling Georgian Dream party - said in a statement he "fully shares the honest outrage of the Georgian citizens".
Gavrilov told Russian news agencies water had been thrown at him and unspecified people had tried to remove his identity documents.
Georgia's health ministry reported that 38 officers and 14 civilians had been injured.
The United National Movement opposition party says that a demonstration on Rustaveli Avenue will be held at 7 p.m. today as the current Georgian Dream state leadership "has turned into a regime", and the Georgian people "no longer want their leadership".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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