Anti Russian sentiment leads to violence in Georgia

Georgia protests: Thousands storm parliament over Russian MP's speech

Some 240 people were hurt in clashes as protesters tried to storm Georgia's parliament after a Russian MP took the speaker's seat in parliament.

Riot police stopped them from entering the building, reportedly using tear gas and rubber bullets.

Anger erupted when Sergei Gavrilov addressed an assembly of MPs from Orthodox Christian countries.

Tensions with Russia are high, 11 years after they fought a war over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

More than 100 people were still being treated in hospital hours after the clashes on Friday, Georgian officials said. Among the 240 hurt, 80 were police, they added.

A doctor told Georgian media that two people had lost an eye.

Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze announced his resignation on Friday - one of the protesters' demands.
It seems pretty clear that many in Georgia are not willing to forgive and forget Russian aggression against their country.   Which makes the Russian reaction to the demonstration all the more odd when the Russian foreign ministry "accused Georgia's opposition of trying to prevent an improvement in relations."  They may go down as one of the understatements of the year.


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