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Police crush protests in Georgia

Georgian riot police yesterday crushed a five-day demonstration against Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Thousands of riot police used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse protesters outside parliament buildings to clear the way for a military parade celebrating the ex-Soviet state's independence.

Two people were killed in the clashes and at least 37 were injured. Some protesters were beaten by police with batons and people smeared in blood were lying restrained on footpaths.

Mr Saakashvili blamed Russia, saying: "This day was chosen as a target by our occupiers."

Irish Independent