Photo story: Rally ends, after tense standoff

Things got tense following the day of peaceful protest of thousands of mostly young people protesting the police crackdown on their favorite music clubs. Nationalist hardliners, mobilized through social media have gathered on a counter-rally, decrying what they saw as anti-Georgian and decadent conduct of their opponents. They have voiced calls for violence and attempted, but failed to break through the police cordons. Following the discussion with the Minister of Interior, many of the peaceful protesters were bused home by the police, while some arrests were made among radicals.