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Independence Day on blood

2011-05-30 12:30

Further events developed according to a scenario of some historic thriller. Tbilisi administrative officers came out of the rows of servicemen and approached the action participants. Having made their way to the rostrum with the oppositional leaders, they conveyed a proposal about transferring the meeting to some other place. The crowd became silent. The meeting between the oppositionists and Tbilisi authorities went on for several minutes. Afterwards, the protesters said they failed to come to an understanding and the action would go on there. Dissentients called on the police not to open fire at the people.    

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The fire was opened just several minutes later. It was clear from the special units' actions that the operation on breaking up the meeting had been prearranged and the roles had been predefined. Security officials started beating the young participants, who were trying to resist them, with plastic shields. At the same time, gas pellets were thrown at the protesters and then, there came tear-gas.

The opposition that decided to transfer the protest action closer to the parliament building was surely going to disrupt the military parade. But the administrative machine had got ready for reprisals the day before. Some TV channels broadcasted a record showing the arrangers of the protest action allegedly enrolling the young for arsons and car blowing. Thus, the authorities had prepared the public for the upcoming arrests and detentions of the oppositionists.

And that was the way it all happened. According to some information, about 90 participants of the night meeting in front of the parliament building were arrested. By the way, the policemen had been given a task not just to break up a meeting but to arrest its participants. A special cordon was set up for that purpose. People were beaten with bludgeons and after that, when the protesters tried to escape, there were detained at the cordon, beaten up and thrown into the cars that carried them directly to police offices.

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