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Police line on May 17. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Two more persons have been charged with violence on May 17, when a rally against homophobia was disrupted by a crowd of thousands of people encouraged by Orthodox clerics. The clashes led to almost 30 people being injured.

The Interior Ministry Friday evening said it would press charges against two men, one called Beka and born in 1991, the other called Tital, born in 1982.

They both participated in the clashes on Vachnadze street on May 17, according to the ministry’s statement, and are now charged with violating the right to assembly.

“The charged admit guilt. An investigation is launched for violating and interrupting the right to assembly and demonstration, article 161 of the Criminal Law Code of Georgia,” the statement continues, adding that the investigation into May 17 events is not finished.

Two clerics were charged on Thursday and four persons were earlier detained in the same case.