Georgian Opposition Demonstrators Confronted By Antigay, Pro-Russian Protesters

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07/09/2019

Demonstrators demanding the resignation of Georgian Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia have been confronted by antigay and pro-Russian activists on the 20th day of protests in Tbilisi. The rival demonstrators spent the night on Tbilisi’s Rustaveli Avenue on July 8-9. Dozens of antigay activists gathered near the parliament to protest against an LGBT-pride parade that was held on July 8 in Tbilisi. A small group of pro-Russian activists also joined the antigay demonstrators. Some scuffles between the rival protest groups were reported overnight, with police deployed nearby to prevent an escalation of violence. The anti-Gakharia protesters accuse police under the command of the interior minister of using excessive force to break up a June 20 protest against Russian influence in Georgia.

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