Georgians riot at parliament over Russian MP’s visit
Russian influence in Georgia remains a politically sensitive subject: Georgia fought and lost a short war against Russia in 2008 and the two have not had diplomatic ties since
Tbilisi — Crowds angry over the visit of a Russian legislator 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.