Police Use Water Cannon to Disperse Post-Election Protest in Tbilisi

Police fired water cannon to disperse protesters in Tbilisi, Georgia, on the night of November 8 during ongoing post-election demonstrations.

This clip, shared by Radio Free/Radio Liberty, shows protesters being hit by water cannon outside the country’s Central Election Commission.

Nineteen protesters were detained and 30 were injured during the rally. There were reports that police had used tear gas on protesters, which were denied by the interior ministry.

Protests began following the October 31 election in which the ruling Georgian Dream party being declared the victors with 48 percent of the vote. Opposition supporters rejected the results and called for protests, saying the election was rigged.

The election was the first under the new mixed party system, which was introduced following mass protests in 2019.

Kakha Kaladze, the ex-footballer and Secretary General for the Georgian Dream party, urged opposition supporters to ‘act constructively.’

“By destroying and trying to escalate the situation, no one can achieve any result,” Kaladze said. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful