Police used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse rally on Rusteveli Avenue.
Police Special Forces have marched on the Rustaveli Avenue in central Tbilisi where the demonstrators had gathered to protest June 20 incident in the parliament of Georgia.
The international missions react to the developing events on Georgia’s central avenue in front of the building of the Georgian parliament via official Twitter accounts:
We are following very closely events at the Georgian Parliament in Tbilisi this evening.— UK in Georgia (@UKinGeorgia) June 20, 2019
We recognise the hurt that many people feel today.
We urge all sides to remain calm and act within the law at all times.
Carl Hartzell, the European Union Ambassador to Georgia released a statement of behalf of the United States Embassy and EU Delegation.
Statement by @usingeo & @EUinGeorgia :— Carl Hartzell (@CarlHartzellEU) June 20, 2019
We are following very closely events in @Geoparliament in Tbilisi this evening. We recognise the hurt that many people feel today. We urge all sides to remain calm, show retraint and act within the framework of the Constitution at all times.
The Healthcare Ministry has reported that 17 civilians and 38 police officers have been injured after in a late night clash in front of the parliament.
The rally, which united opposition politicians and ordinary citizens in condemning the Russian delegation’s visit to Georgia earlier on June 20 turned into a violent clash between the protesters and police in front of the parliament of Georgia.