Troops seal off Georgian capital

A ring of soldiers cordoned off central Tbilisi on Thursday after Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili declared a state of emergency and shut down independent media to quash six days of anti-government protests. Opposition leaders said they were suspending protests to avoid more injuries. Over 550 demonstrators were treated in hospital on Wednesday after the government sent in riot police, who beat them with batons, fired rubber bullets and sprayed tear gas. Full Story

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