Georgians rally for justice over crackdown on anti-Russia protest

Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets in several Georgian cities, calling for justice over a brutal police crackdown on a mass anti-Russia protest.
The rallies on Friday in the capital, Tbilisi, as well as the cities of Kutaisi and Batumi came a day after hundreds of people were injured when police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during a demonstration against a Russian legislator’s address in Georgia’s parliament. Many wore a red eye patch in support of two protesters who lost their eyesight after being hit on Thursday by rubber bullets in Tbilisi. Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker, reporting from Tbilisi, said tensions were running high on Friday.
“The violence was inflicted on so many people. Although the government is saying that the protesters attempted to storm Parliament yesterday, many people believe that the response was completely over the top,” he said, adding that at least 240 people were injured.
“There is a lot of evidence to suggest that police deliberately fired [rubber bullets] in the faces and in the groin areas of some of those protesters and journalists, as well.”

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