According to his information, Georgi Baramidze, Georgia's Interior Minister, contacted Jemal Gogitidze, his republican counterpart, to demand an end put to violence, reports a correspondent of the Novosti/Georgia news agency.
Mr. Merabishvili hopes Adzharia's Interior Ministry will follow Georgi Baramidze's order, and help to track down rioters.
Batumi, capital of Adzharia, an autonomy within Georgia, was scene of bad public unrest today. It started with a rally arranged by the movement, Our Adzharia, in the city's heart to demand resignation of republican President Aslan Abashidze. Ralliers clashed with Abashidze's supporters close to the movement headquarters.