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Georgia's leading opposition groups informed Tbilisi city hall they would continue
Georgia's leading opposition groups informed Tbilisi city hall they would continue their protests in the country's capital until May 26, the Conservative Party said on Friday.

The movement said that round-the-clock protests, involving "up to 100,000 people," demanding that President Mikheil Saakashvili resign, would continue around the city, in particular, outside parliament, the Rustavi-2 TV company, the state chancellery, city hall, and the presidential residence (outside Tbilisi).

Opposition leaders said they planned to hold talks later Friday with parliamentary speaker David Bakradze to discuss arrangements for a possible meeting with Saakashvili.

Georgian opposition leaders on Thursday gave Saakashvili three days to meet with them to discuss their demand for early elections, otherwise, they warned, their plan to block the country's highways would go ahead.

The opposition, who have been demonstrating against the president on the streets of the capital for the past month, claim over 60 people, including six police officers, were injured in clashes at a police compound in the Tbilisi suburb of Didi Digomi, on Wednesday night.

Salome Zurabishvili, the leader of the Georgian Path party, said "Saakashvili needs to wake up, face up to reality, meet with us and offer his vision of ways of dealing with the situation."

She said, however, that the opposition would not abandon its demand that Saakashvili step down and would continue pushing for his resignation by peaceful means.

"Saakashvili wants to plunge the country into an abyss. But we don't want this to happen. This is why there will be a powerful wave of protests on May 9. We have no way to retreat - not a step back," she said.


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