A 54-year old man died last night after the police started to disperse protesters outside the Parliament, a Georgian Interior Ministry official said early on May 26.
Shota Utiashvili, head of the ministry’s information and analytical department, said that investigation of crime scene and nature of sustained injuries indicated that the man was “presumably” killed by a car from the same convoy, which also killed one policeman.
The Interior Ministry said earlier that one policeman died after being struck by a car from a convoy carrying some of the protest leaders; police said that the convoy left the protest venue at a high speed after the riot police started dispersing rally shortly after midnight.
Like in case of the policeman, Utiashvili said, the 54-year old man sustained wound at the same location where the policemen died - on Freedom Square, about 300 meters from the Parliamentary building where protesters were rallying.
“So there are two deaths. As of now 37 people remain in hospital, including eight policemen, 28 civilians and one journalist from itv.ge to whom we apologies like we do with others,” Utiashvili said.