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CEO of Georgian Coca-Cola beaten up

2009-04-15 14:43

Last night the three cases of beating opposition supporters were reported in Tbilisi.


According to the previous messages, a group of unknown people attacked Zurab Manjavidze, the singer, and his brothers, when they were returning from the pro-opposition action.

Besides, yesterday another three members of opposition parties were beaten. The incident took place near Avlabari underground station, not far from Mikheil Saakashvili's residence, where protest actions are staged.

According to Gizo Sartaniya, one of the victims, unknown people in three cars blocked his way when his friends and he were coming from the president's residence to Rustaveli Avenue, where the main action is staged. "They knocked us down on the ground, beat with feet, aimed in the head", he said. Gamlet Gulordava, another victim, claims that he recognized the Interior Ministry employees among the assailants.

Yesterday, according to Georgian mass media, Vakhtang Lagidze, the CEO of Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia, was beaten toughly. His spouse, Maka Tavamaishvili, said her husband was attacked by unknown people in Chavchavadze Avenue, when he was going home from the action. Lagize was taken to the Republican Hospital - Interfax.

According to the action organizers' press center, since April 9th twenty people were beaten, two were wounded with knives; police instituted legal proceedings of the cases, but investigated none.

The opposition leaders regarded the incident as the authorities' another attempt of reprisal and claimed they will surely report to the international organizations.


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