During anti-government protests in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, security forces again used violence against demonstrators on Wednesday evening. According to eyewitness reports, the demonstrators surrounded the parliament of the South Caucasus republic; some also tried to enter the building. As a result, the strong police forces used tear gas and water cannons, as the evening before, as pictures from Russian and Georgian news agencies and television stations showed.
Observers estimated the number of demonstrators at 10,000 to 15,000. It was more than on Tuesday evening. The protest was sparked by a controversial draft law: Similar to Russia, the Georgian leadership wants to classify media and non-governmental organizations that are supported from abroad as foreign agents.