More than 200 injured during Georgian capital riots

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More than 200 injured in Tbilisi riots
More than 200 injured in Tbilisi riots

Thousands of in the Georgian capital Tbilisi tried to storm Parliament on Friday night. Security forces prevented them from doing so. Police used tear gas, water cannons and the rubber bullets to disburse the protesters.

According to local media reports, Around 240 people have been injured, 102 people would be treated in hospitals, informed the Ministry of Health of the former Soviet republic on Friday .

Among the injured are 80 police officers. At first, far fewer were injured in the protests outside the Parliament building.

The cause for the disturbances in Georgian capital Tbilisi was the visit of a Russian delegation to a meeting in the Parliament of the Republic in the South Caucasus.

Sergey Gavrilov, Duma deputy of the Communist Party, gave a speech about the position of speaker of parliament. This angered the opposition, which called for protests. Friday night demonstrations were planned in Tbilisi.

Georgia is aiming for the EU and NATO. The relationship with the neighbor Russia is shattered, in 2008 there was a war. Georgia lost its breakaway areas Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russia recognizes both as independent states despite international criticism.

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