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8 December,

Protesters marched against Putin and Ivanishvili in Tbilisi

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A mass protest in the capital of Georgia ended before the government administration building.

Protesters voiced slogans "Long live Georgia!" and "Go!" during the march to the administration building, Report News Agency writes.

Some participants of the action also chanted "Gakharia, leave!". The protesters sang the national anthem of Georgia and voiced three demands at the end of the march.

The protesters demanded the resignation of Minister of Internal AffairsGiorgi Gakharia, the release of 305 people, who were detained during protests on June 20 and hold early parliamentary elections under the proportional electoral system.

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The rallies have quickly morphed into a broader movement against billionaire businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, widely believed to be calling the shots in Georgia as a leader of the ruling Georgian Dream party he founded, France 24 reports.

Protest placards took aim at billionaire tycoon Ivanishvili and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who in response to the protests has banned Russian airlines from flying to Georgia and Georgian air carriers travelling to Russia.

"Russia will not enslave my country again!" read one of the placards.

Notably, today the participants of the action will make a car march from the first Republic square to the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The protest will continue in front of the Parliament building at 19:00.

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