"We are going where it is peaceful and calm. There is no peace here," some refugees told journalists at the administrative border.
On March 15th machine guns appeared on the roofs of buildings in Batumi. Several of them were located on the roof of the Meskheti hotel, Rustavi 2 reports.
According to the TV channel, the Batumi road police department is handing out guns to people.
The checkpoint at the Choloki is guarded by task forces of Adzharia's law-enforcement structures numbering about 400 people and a few armored vehicles.