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    Protesters attend a rally against the Georgian authorities' anti-drug policy following the recent police raids at several local nightclubs near the building of parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia May 12, 2018

    Tbilisi Continues to 'Protest With Dance' Over Club Raids

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    TBILISI (Sputnik) - The participants of Saturday's protest rally against the recent raids on Tbilisi nightclubs returned to the building of the parliament on Sunday, according to one of the protest organizers, Beka Tsikarishvili.

    The protesters argue that undue force was used by the police during Friday raids that targeted drug dealers.

    "Our demands remain the same. We will continue to protest with dance. The state is silent and it shows that the authorities are not assuming responsibility. We demand a statement from the prime minister, otherwise, we will keep demanding his resignation," Tsikarishvili told reporters.

    ​The protesters are also demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia.

    ​Earlier on Sunday, the police dismantled the tents built by the protesters in the square in front of the parliament.

    ​Eight drug dealers were detained as a result of the raids. According to the Interior Ministry, the people detained on suspicion of minor breaches of law had been released.

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