Demonstrators block Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi

Demonstrators block Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi

Thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated on the streets of Georgia yesterday evening after the Georgian Dream ruling party failed to push through promised electoral reforms.

Protesters began gathering outside the parliament in central Tbilisi minutes after lawmakers voted down the legislation and blocked traffic on the city's main thoroughfare. In the evening, their ranks grew to some 10,000 in peaceful protests with a heavy police presence, the AFP reported.

Although the demonstration in front of the parliament of Georgia has ended, some of the protesters are staying in tents, blocking the central Rustaveli Avenue.

Demonstrators vowed to hold permanent protests until early parliamentary polls are held under the proposed proportional system.

The protests came after the parliament dominated by the ruling party failed to pass legislation to hold parliamentary elections next year under a new proportional voting system.