Amnesty International calls for an immediate, thorough and independent investigation into the use of force by riot police during an anti-occupation rally in Tbilisi.
Human Rights Defending International Organization has published a statement:
" Amnesty International is calling for an immediate, thorough and independent investigation into the use of force by riot police in Georgia, after protestors in Tbilisi were hit with rubber bullets and tear gas.
“Eyewitnesses described watching in disbelief as police fired rubber bullets indiscriminately into the crowd. Reports of erratic firing are confirmed by video footage. Rubber bullets can cause serious injuries and should never be used indiscriminately to disperse crowds. Police have the duty to protect public order and respond to violence, but their response must be necessary and proportionate. The disturbing scenes in Tbilisi this morning show a total failure to distinguish between the few violent protestors and the peaceful majority," said Levan Asatiani, Senior Campaigner for South Caucasus, who was on the ground in Tbilisi.