Reported by : Hue Gey

 

At least Fifteen policemen were injured Sunday in clashes with protestors over the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the Pankisi Valley of Georgia, according to Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia.

In a press statement, the minister said special forces from the police had to respond after protesters began throwing stones at them.

It was later reported that special forces units had left the valley after the authorities reached an agreement with the parents on the suspension of the construction of the Khaduri-3 power plant on the Al-Azani River and the withdrawal of security forces from the area.

According to the media, the total number of injured Hara clashes was close to 50 people, mostly security personnel, who were transferred to the hospital 8, in addition to setting fire to a number of police cars and tractor used to build the station.

According to Euro news said that About 300 residents of the Pankisi gorge gathered near the village of Birkiani in Georgia to protest against the construction of a hydropower plant, saying it could damage the environment and force them to leave their homes in the mountainous region.


Some demonstrators threw stones at police, according to the independent Rustavi-2 TV station, which also reported police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the protests.
Several residents suffered minor injuries from rubber bullets and some police officers were hurt

.Source: Agencies

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