Georgian Dream condemns rival assault

Georgian Dream activists; Photo by AFP, 29 May 2014 - 12:12, Tbilisi,Georgia

Tensions are rising in Georgia’s capital city as the country moves towards the self-government elections on June 15.

Two political parties are at loggerheads, with one blaming the other of "provocative actions”.

Current ruling party Georgian Dream responded to the invasion of opposition activists at its Rustavi election headquarters.

Georgian Dream blamed United National Movement (UNM) for engaging in "provocative actions” and said UNM were causing tensions to escalate in the otherwise calm pre-election environment.

"We always condemn acts of violence, which attests to the dismissal of the Georgian Dream Chief of Staff due to an incident in Rustavi a few days ago,” a Georgian Dream statement read.

"We are sure the proper law enforcement agencies will react appropriately to this incident and the people involved will be held responsible before the law,” the statement said.

Georgian Dream said it condemned all acts of violations by political rivals.

The municipal elections will be held on June 15, 2014.

Seventy one local self-government bodies - Sakrebulos and 2, 088 members of Sakrebulo, 12 city Mayors and 59 heads of the local municipality - Gamgebelis will be elected in the local self-government elections.