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Georgia’s Police Chief Storms Parliament

March 31, 1994

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) _ Armed officers led by their disgruntled chief stormed into a session of parliament on Thursday. The chief demanded to be heard, harangued lawmakers for a few minutes, then left with his 50 men.

David Zeikidze, head of police in Tbilisi, was angry at the confirmation of a new interior minister in the troubled Caucasus nation, which has been plagued by infighting in the police, army and intelligence services.

Zeikidze told lawmakers he wouldn’t let them confirm Shota Kviraia as interior minister unless they listened to him.

He then accused Shota Kviraia, who has served as acting interior minister since September, of firing professional police offices and putting in their place unqualified people from among his own supporters.

Minutes earlier, the police chief and his men confronted Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze outside the parliament building. A Shevardnadze spokesman called the incident a ″frank exchange of opinions.″

Shevardnadze’s office said no compromise had been reached and the decision to confirm Kviraia stood.

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