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Protests Against Georgia President Enter Fifth Day


Georgian opposition supporters during a protest rally in downtown Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Georgian opposition supporters during a protest rally in downtown Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Several thousand anti-government protesters marched to the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi Wednesday to demand the resignation of President Mikhail Saakashvili.

It was the fifth day of protests trying to force the resignation of the pro-Western Mr. Saakashvili for alleged corruption within his government and failure to follow through on promised reforms.

The opposition is encouraging the protesters to remain in the main square until Thursday to block a military parade commemorating the 20th anniversary of the former Soviet republic's independence.

The protests began Saturday in what opposition leader Nino Burjanadze called a "decisive fight." Burjanadze led protesters to the headquarters of the state television station where they tried to demand air time.

President Saakashvili survived weeks of similar protests in 2009, when opposition leaders accused him of undemocratic practices and said the president bungled the 2008 war with Russia over the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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