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Several more protesters beaten up in Tbilisi2009-04-16 11:40
Last night in Tbilisi several more assaults on protesters occurred. Four people, dressed in civil clothes, attacked two people, who were rallying near the Avlabari residence.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the victims, they came to buy cigarettes, when the were attacked by people from Niva car, and beaten by clubs. The assailant disappeared after other protesters came to see what was happening.
In the same district, near Avlabari underground station, five citizens were beaten. The assailants were dressed in civil clothes and armed with clubs.
The opposition leaders, protesting near the residence, accused the authorities in organizing attacks on action participants. Kakha Kukava, the Secretary General of the Conservative party stated there is a true war of nerves in the country, and the nerves of the government are failing, and therefore it organizes these reprisals.
The Conservative initiated the establishment of people's squads responsible for protection of protesters from such violence.
At yesterday's information rally David Gamkrelidze, the New Rights party leader claimed that one day before, at about 4 p.m. some people abducted David Ujmajuridze, one of his party's members, beat him tough and burnt his car down.
He mentioned that this party member is a priest, and was driving to the service, when he was attacked.
According to Gamkrelidze, Ujmajuridze was abducted near the Big Ben supermarket in Vaki district (Tbilisi). He had his mouth plasterd with cello tape, driven from the capital to Saguramo, his car was set on fire and left in Vashlijvari.
Gamkrelidze said he has no doubt it was made on the government's order.
"This is another act of vandalism, committed by the authorities to intimidate us. But we hope that very soon there will be no such incidents, as the days of the government are counted", the opposition leader said.