Protesters in Georgia rally against Olympic Games
Protesters in Tbilisi, Georgia carry a poster on Saturday, Feb. 1., 2014 as they head to a rally to protest the Winter Olympics . Several hundred protesters are calling for a boycott of the Games which will be held in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, in neighboring Russia. (AP / Shakh Aivazov)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:05AM EST
TBILISI - Several hundred protesters are rallying in the capital of Georgia to protest the Winter Olympics, which will begin in neighbouring Russia on Feb. 7.
Around three hundred people gathered in downtown Tbilisi on Saturday, calling for a boycott of the games which will be held in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, only 290 miles (460 kilometres) from the Georgian capital.
While the Georgian team in Sochi will have only four athletes, the games have touched a nerve in Georgia, a small nation in the Caucasus mountains that borders Russia. Many in the country remain bitter over a brief 2008 war with Russia, which left two separatist territories outside of Georgia's control, including Abkhazia, a territory just south of Sochi.