police use tear gas and rubber bullets against pro-EU protesters

police use tear gas and rubber bullets against pro-EU protesters
police use tear gas and rubber bullets against pro-EU protesters

Thousands of pro-EU protesters were dispersed by tear gas and rubber bullets in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi on Tuesday. The Caucasian country has been gripped by massive anti-government protests since April 9.

Georgian police used force on Tuesday April 30, using tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators who were protesting by the thousands in the capital Tbilisi for the third consecutive week against a controversial bill, noted a journalist from the AFP.

The Caucasus country has been gripped by massive anti-government protests since April 9, after the ruling Georgian Dream party reintroduced a bill on “foreign influence” deemed contrary to Tbilisi’s aspirations to join the European Union (EU).

Masked riot police intervened, without warning, using tear gas and rubber bullets, beating and arresting dozens of people, according to an AFP journalist on the scene.

Several journalists were attacked, including an AFP photographer who was beaten with a rubber baton, even though he was clearly identified as a media professional.

Local television channels broadcast images showing his face marked with beatings.

Georgian Rights Defender Levan Iosseliani called for an investigation into the use of “disproportionate force” against protesters and journalists.

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