Thousands of Georgians protest ‘stolen election’, urge snap polls | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Thousands of Georgians protest ‘stolen election’, urge snap polls

Around 25,000 Georgians protested Sunday against the election of a ruling party-backed candidate to the presidency and demanded snap parliamentary polls in a move that threatens to complicate the transition of power in the Western-backed nation.

Holding Georgian and EU flags, protesters alleged vote-buying and other irregularities as they packed Rustaveli Avenue in front of the parliament building in the center of the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

The former reformist president and leader of the 2003 "Rose Revolution" Mikheil Saakashvili addressed the huge crowd by video link from Amsterdam, where he lives in self-imposed exile.

"Misha! Misha!" chanted supporters as the flamboyant 50-year-old politician appeared on a big screen.

"Georgia's future is being born on this square today," said Saakashvili, accused by the authorities of abuse of power.

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