More than 30 Georgian journalists injured at rally in Tbilisi

More than 30 Georgian journalists injured at rally in Tbilisi

Protest in Georgia, June 2019

31 Georgian journalists suffered at a rally in Tbilisi. This happened as a result of the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by law enforcement officers, reports Georgia Online.

During the large-scale rally in Georgia, law enforcement officers began to fight with demonstrators who tried to break into parliament, soon the special forces began to disperse people, and water cannons were involved. As a result, 240 people were injured, among them 30 journalists.

All injured employees of the Georgian media suffered from rubber bullets. It is known that 11 rubber bullets hit photographer Guram Muradov, Rustavi 2 journalist Tamar Bagashvili had a broken arm and needed an operation.

It is also reported that Georgi Sulashvili, a member of the security service of Rustavi 2, has lost an eye, his jaw is broken.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, on June 21 signed a decree according to which from July 8, Russian airlines are prohibited from transporting citizens of the Russian Federation to the territory of Georgia. The corresponding document "On Certain Measures to Ensure the National Security of the Russian Federation and to Protect Russian Citizens from Criminal and Other Illegal Actions" was published on the Kremlin website.

According to the decree, for the duration of the ban, tour operators and travel agents are advised to refrain from selling a tourist product that provides for transportation (including commercial) of citizens from the territory of Russia to the territory of Georgia.
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