Dozens of protesters, mainly from the pro-opposition youth groups, scuffled with the parliament guard after the first session since the launch of protests ended on June 12.
The incident erupted when Parliamentary Chairman Davit Bakradze was leaving the parliament’s building. His car outside the Parliament was met with several dozen of egg-throwing protesters and the scuffle started after unarmed guard of the parliament tried to prevent the protesters from approaching the parliamentary speaker’s car, as they were trying to push protesters away in order to pave the way for the car to leave the area. Couple of dozen of persons in plain cloths where seen participating in the scuffle assisting the parliament guard.
Scuffle continued with some intervals after the parliamentary speaker’s car left the area and in television pictures in one instance a a young protester was seen throwing a stone in direction of guard. The opposition leaders were not present at the site during the incident.
In a separate incident also outside the Parliament, activists from the youth pro-opposition groups hurled water at MP from ruling party, Giorgi Asanidze, after he left the parliamentary building. Also on June 12 protesters from the same group verbally attacked a lawmaker from the parliamentary minority group, Gia Tortladze, after he left the Parliament building. At one point MP Tortladze and one of the protesters, a middle-aged man, exchanged punches after Tortladze was verbally insulted.
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