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In pictures: Georgia parliament stormed
Crowds outside Georgian parliament
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On Saturday, thousands of angry opposition supporters in Georgia marched on the parliament, chanting slogans and calling for President Shevardnadze to resign.
Georgian parliament chamber
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Shocked deputies watched as demonstrators forced their way into the chamber.
Shevardnadze surrounded by bodyguards
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Fearing for the president's life, bodyguards quickly surrounded Mr Shevardnadze...
Bodyguards escort Shevardnadze out of the chamber
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... and bundled him out of the chamber.
Protesters crowd the speaker's podium
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Jubilant demonstrators took over the dais where Shevardnadze had convened the session minutes earlier.
Mikhail Saakashvili
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Opposition leader Mikhail Saakashvili told supporters: "The velvet revolution has taken place in Georgia."
Supporters surround presidential residence
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Meanwhile, opposition supporters converged on the presidential residence, pushing their way past special forces...
Special forces leave the area of the presidential palace
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...who eventually retreated from the area without putting up resistance.
Scuffle outside the presidential residence
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Despite continuing scuffles between supporters and opponents in the street...
Opposition supports hoist a giant flag
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...among many opponents of the president, there is a mood of elation.


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