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Police, Protesters Clash in Tbilisi
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 30 Jun.'05 / 23:54

Riot police dispersed late on June 30 a rally organized by a group of sportsmen, mainly the Georgian wrestlers, who were protesting against the detention of Aleko Davitashvili, President of the Georgian Wrestling Federation his brother Davit and Georgian judo champion Giorgi Revazishvili.

Riot police clashed with the protesters after the latter blocked the Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi.

Several protesters were reportedly arrested. However no exact number is reported yet.

Aleko Davitashvili, Davit Davitashvili and Giorgi Revazishvili were arrested on June 28 and for alleged extortion charges. The police claim that three men were arrested while attempting to extort USD 8,000 from Greek businessman in Tbilisi. Three men strongly deny these charges. 

Several opposition party leaders, including MP Davit Gamkrelidze of New Rights, MP Koba Davitashvili of the Conservative Party and Shalva Natelashvili of the Labor Party, appeared on the scene shortly after the rally was dispersed and condemned use of force against protesters.

However, the law enforcers say that they acted in frames of law and dispersed rally only after the protesters blocked the street.

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