Thousands of protesters have tried to storm the parliament building in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The unrest was sparked by the appearance of Russian legislator Sergei Gavrilov as part of an assembly of legislators from Orthodox Christian countries. Gavrilov's support for independence for the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia and his support of Russian president Vladimir Putin has stoked animosity in Georgia. Riot police used rubber bullets and teargas to prevent the crowd from storming the parliament building. Thirty-nine police officers and 30 civilians were treated in hospital after the clashes.