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a sea of protesters stormed George's parliament building in the capital city to please the Thursday night facing off with lines of riot police armed with water bottles and stones more than seventy people were injured in the clashes after a demonstration against the visit of a Russian lawmaker descended into chaos , as the protests escalated riot police took on the crowds with rubber bullets , and tear gas , dozens of people were taken to nearby hospitals with injuries Russian influence is a sensitive subject here Georgia used to belong to the Soviet bloc in two thousand and eight it fought and lost a short war against Moscow today the two countries have no formal diplomatic ties , Thursday's demonstration was kicked off by news that a member of the Russian lower house Sergei Gavrilov he chaired a session of parliament an international assembly of Christian orthodox lawmakers it's a shame and a big inside , the Georgian government has made , in this country %HESITATION in the chair the chairman of the parliament George is prime minister blamed the protests on quote opposition forces the opposition accuses the ruling Georgian dream party of not being firm enough in standing up to Moscow , Russia said radical political forces were behind Thursday's mass rally but said Moscow would keep trying to normalize relations with typically see right police battled the crowds throughout the night finally clearing the area early Friday morning