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29 people, injured in the incident near police building in Tbilisi, are taken to hospitals2009-05-07 10:23
Last night 29 people injured in the clash of police and opposition supporters near Tbilisi main police office, are taken to hospitals, said Eka Zguladze, the deputy Interior Minister, in the live air of the Georgian TV.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Georgian mass media, the cause of the clash was Georgi Gachechiladze's [the Georgian singer, aka Utsnobi] climbing over the fence and getting into the yard of the police office; the special mission squad had to confront opposition supporters. Besides, protesters used sticks against policemen, and the latter gave the corresponding response.
Witnesses claim the special mission squad used rubber bullets to make opposition supporters get away from the entrance to the building.
"29 people are taken to hospitals, among them 22 protesters, one journalist and 6 policemen. Their lives are out of danger", Zguladze said - Novosti-Gruzia.
The clash occurred on Wednesday evening, in Didi Digomi district. Opposition supporters came to the police office to protest against detention of several activists, accused of hooliganism and assaulting a public TV journalist.
"What happened near the main police office was the attack on police, but not a dispersal of the action," Zguladze said.
"Police was protecting the building only from inside the fence, so it was not the dispersal of the action, O underline, it was the fact of attack on the police", she mentioned.