Violence broke out in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley on the 21 April after work on a controversial hydropower plant was resumed. In the ensuing battle between riot police and local residents, dozens were injured on both sides.
Dato Parulava is a journalist and former staff writer at OC Media. He’s interested in human rights, with a focus on minority rights and Georgia’s EU integration process, and is currently studying an MA in European Studies at Lund University with funding from the Swedish Institute.
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