Georgians angry over Russian lawmaker's visit try to storm parliament


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  • Friday, 21 Jun 2019

People hold a rally to protest against the visit of the Russian delegation near the parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze

TBILISI (Reuters) - Crowds angry over the visit of a Russian lawmaker tried to storm Georgia's parliament building on Thursday evening, pushing against lines of riot police, throwing bottles and grabbing riot shields from some officers and tearing off their helmets.

The scenes in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, flared up suddenly after public anger over the visit and speech of a member of the Russian lower house of parliament triggered big street protests. Riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon, prompting most of the protesters to disperse.

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