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The protests, sparked by graphic videos showing guards
in the former Soviet republic brutally beating prisoners and raping them
with truncheons and broom handles, have ratcheted up the pressure on
President Mikhail Saakashvili, whose party is facing a tough opposition
challenge.

Saakashvili has sought to contain the damage by firing his interior and prison ministers and reshuffling prison personnel.

But
despite that, protesters increased their demands as rallies went into a
third day Friday, insisting that former Interior Minister Bacho
Akhalaya and his brother, who was a deputy defense minister, be brought
to justice.

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