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Thousands protest in Georgia for third day

world Updated: Apr 11, 2009 18:27 IST
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Thousands protest in Georgia for third day

Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in Georgia’s capital for the third day of protests to call for the president to step down.

President Mikhail Saakashvili has firmly rejected their demands and called for talks.

The protests are being led by a coalition of more than a dozen opposition parties. After long shunning talks, opposition leaders now say they are willing to talk to the president. But some say the talks can only be about how Saakashvili will leave office. No talks have yet been set.

The protesters are most critical of Saakashvili for his handling of last year’s disastrous war with Russia.

Several thousand protesters began Saturday’s rally in front of parliament. They later plan to march across the city.