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Georgian Refugees Free Hostage

Seventeen refugee women seized a hostage in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi for several hours on Wednesday – dousing themselves in petrol and threatening to set themselves on fire. The women – all refugees from the separatist region of Abkhazia – occupied a public administration office. Local media reported that the protest ended when officials promised to help them with their housing situation. The woman had earlier seized a hostage when initial talks broke down, but the man has now been released. Officials resumed negotiations, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass said, after they were joined by former Abkhazian Prime Minister Londer Tsaava. Thousands of people, mostly of Georgian origin, fled Abhkazia after separatist rebels declared independence in 1992 and during the year-long war which followed the declaration. Full Story

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