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Thousands pour into Georgian capital to protest

 Mock jail cells are seen  in the center of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. About 10,000 protesters renewed their demands that P...
 Mock jail cells are seen  in the center of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. About 10,000 protesters renewed their demands that P...
 Mock jail cells are seen  in the center of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. About 10,000 protesters renewed their demands that P...
 Georgia opposition supporters gather for a meeting outside the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. About 10,000 prote...
 Georgia opposition supporters gather for a meeting outside the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Opposition leaders...
 Georgia opposition supporters gather for a meeting outside the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Opposition leaders...
 Georgian opposition supporters hold opposition flags as they rally outside the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Op...

Georgia Protests

Mock jail cells are seen in the center of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. About 10,000 protesters renewed their demands that P...

Georgia Protests

Mock jail cells are seen in the center of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. About 10,000 protesters renewed their demands that P...

Georgia Protests

Mock jail cells are seen in the center of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. About 10,000 protesters renewed their demands that P...

Georgia Protests

Georgia opposition supporters gather for a meeting outside the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. About 10,000 prote...

Georgia Protests

Georgia opposition supporters gather for a meeting outside the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Opposition leaders...

Georgia Protests

Georgia opposition supporters gather for a meeting outside the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Opposition leaders...

Georgia Protests

Georgian opposition supporters hold opposition flags as they rally outside the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Op...

Thousands of opposition supporters from Georgia's provinces poured into the capital late Wednesday to join the protests aimed at forcing President Mikhail Saakashvili to step down.
A convoy of some 600 cars, minibuses and buses loaded with opposition backers from western Georgia drove into Tbilisi in the evening, adding to a crowd of 30,000 people already in front of parliament and along the city's main thoroughfare.
Opposition leaders have vowed to keep the daily protests that began April 9 going until Saakashvili resigns. Some demonstrations have swelled to as many as 60,000 people.
"Saakashvili reminds me of an obstinate child who thinks that this country is his plaything. But he forgets that obstinate children are punished _ and this will happen very soon," Levan Gachechiladze, one of the top opposition figures, told the crowd.
Protesters have begun setting up mock jail cells to dramatize their claim that the former Soviet republic has turned into a police state under Saakashvili, a U.S.-educated lawyer who came to power five years ago promising democratic reforms.
Saakashvili's opponents accuse him of concentrating power in his own hands and mishandling last year's war with neighboring Russia, which resulted in heavy damages and a loss of territory.
Police have not intervened in the protests. The government says as long as the protesters remain peaceful they will not be dispersed.


Updated : 2021-10-19 04:50 GMT+08:00