The police fired at protesters in Batumi
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About two thousand protesters rushed at Adjara TV building. Quoting Georgian mass media Interfax reports, the police in the building opened fire at the oppositionists and made them draw back.
There is no more details yet. Earlier Georgia On-line reported People's Assembly gathered its supporters on the Era square in Batumi.

Georgian opposition forces started a number of protest actions against President Michael Saakashvili on May 21. Nino Burjanadze's supporters gathered on the Freedom square in Tbilisi. According to Interfax Irakli Batiashvili, one of the People's Assembly leaders, earlier called for the protesters to head for the Georgian Public Broadcaster. The leaders of the opposition are expected to announce their plan of action there.



Georgian authorities' pressure on activists
Georgia
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The representatives of the People's Assembly accuse the authorities of cruel treatment with activists of the party.

One of the activists Beso Danelia was severely beaten in the presence of his pregnant wife and mother, the movement's leader Nino Burjanadze told media.

"They are trying to detain hundreds of our activists ," he said . "They f orbid people to leav e the region s , but the activists do not step back. They move to Tbilisi. The authorities, under the guise of democracy, defy justice . It is necessary for the country to get free of this regime . "



Protesters March to Public Broadcaster
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Thousands of protesters, gathered on Freedom Square as part of the campaign by opposition People’s Assembly movement to force President Saakashvili to resign, start marching towards the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB).

Nino Burjanadze, ex-parliamentary speaker and leader of Democratic Movement-United Georgia party, who is a key figure behind the movement, said further plans of the rally would be announced outside the GPB headquarters, which is located on Kostava Street about three kilometers away from the Freedom Square.

 

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The address of the georgian opposition
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The real policy of current autocratic authorities contradicts all democratic principles and represents a new kind of neo-bolshevism.
Each day of the reign of Saakashvili represents the threat not only to the state and national interests, but to the regional stability as well.
Every Citizen of Georgia daily faces ever-increasing problems: Unemployment; Poverty; Hunger; Increasing prices and taxes; we do not have the opportunity to give our children proper education and decent living conditions; Hundreds of thousands of our fellow countrymen were forced to leave country in order financially support their families from abroad; Our pensioners and veterans are doomed for hunger; The number of IDPs is increased; the attitude towards them from the government is cynical and inhuman.
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People’s Assembly Launches Protest Rally
Georgia
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People’s Assembly activists march on Rustaveli Avenue towards the Freedom Square on May 21.

A PROTEST RALLY IN GEORGIA
Georgia
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People’s Assembly, an opposition movement strongly backed by ex-parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze, announced that it would launch protest rallies marking “beginning of final struggle against Saakashvili’s criminal regime” on May 21.

The movement said that its activists would start gathering at three separate locations in Tbilisi on May 21 and then march in direction of the Freedom Square where a protest rally would be held at 3pm on that day. A simultaneous protest rally is planned in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic.

 



PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY PROTEST
Georgia
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Burjanadze, leader of Democratic Movement-United Georgia (DMUG): “Decisive struggle will start on May 21 and I am sure… this struggle will be accomplished with success,” “We are not going to make endless speeches [at the planned rally],” she said. “We’ll make several appeals, including in address to the international community, police forces and army… I am absolutely sure that absolute majority of them [in police forces and in the army] will not fulfill illegal orders and will not confront their own people.”

Burjanadze said that “so many people will be gathered” on May 21 that it would be impossible for any riot police unit “to confront it.” She said that activists of People’s Assembly were facing harassment from the authorities, especially in the regions. The People’s Assembly said that it faces problems with transportation of its activists to Tbilisi as many drivers of minibuses were pressured not to move in direction of Tbilisi on May 21.
 



PROTESTS AT THE US AMBASSY IN TBILISI
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People wish a democracy but not fulfillment of all crazy desires of abnormal government. Sozar Subari, leader of Georgian Party said today in front of the USA embassy at the protest action.
He underlined that Georgia needs a support from USA, which will be directed not to authoritative government but to support of Georgian people.

"If today the USA will decide this and make an effort, the government will be replaced in one day. The hard situation in our country will change. We have many prisoners of conscience, inadequate government and Court and many other insufficiencies. Only one word said from USA government and the freedom of speech will be in Georgia and political prisoners will be released. Those drivers who took us to Batumi for protest action will be returned its driving licenses, "- Subari said.
 



LEGAL RALLIES IN GEORGIA
Georgia
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The speaker of the parliament of Georgia, Davit Bakradze says he sees no problems in opposition protests, which will be held in the frames of the Georgian legislation. Union of several opposition parties, People`s Council, plans to launch large-scale rallies from May 21, 2011.

`Anyone can hold demonstrations in the frames of law in Georgia, this is the primary rule of democracy and we accept it regardless of our attitude towards these rallies,` Bakradze said, adding numerous rallies were held in Georgia up to now and will be held in the future too. 


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