Thousands Orthodox anti-gay activists broke through police cordon and pursued gay rights protesters in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, injuring at least 28 people in the process. The violent brawl marred the May 17 International Day Against Homophobia.
Georgian authorities intend to investigate the complicity of certain high-ranking officials, including President Mikhail Saakashvili, for possible war crimes that took place during the August 2008 war in South Ossetia.
The Georgian parliament has given first approval to a bill that would deprive the president of the right to dissolve the government, stripping Mikhail Saakashvili of his remaining leverage of political influence.
The Russian-Georgian Center of Economic Development has expressed hope that Georgian wine will soon return to Russian markets and advised to pay no attention to protests voiced by President Saakashvili.