Georgia blows up Soviet war memorial, two people killed
A mother and her 8-year-old daughter were killed in Georgia when workers blew up a towering Soviet war memorial, authorities said.
A mother and her eight-year-old daughter were killed in Georgia on Saturday when workers blew up a towering Soviet war memorial to make way for a new parliament building, authorities said.
Georgian media reported several people were also injured by the detonation in Georgia's second city of Kutaisi.
Russia said on Thursday the decision to demolish the monument at the proposed construction site was "disrespectful" to Georgians who fought in the Soviet army during World War Two, of whom some 300,000 were killed.
"According to preliminary information, security norms were violated," chief prosecutor Murtaz Zodelava told a televised news briefing. He confirmed two people had died.
Authorities began demolishing the 46-metre-high (150 feet) concrete and bronze World War Two monument this week, under a government initiative to move parliament sessions to Kutaisi, a former industrial hub in the west of the former Soviet republic.
Georgia's opposition said the move reflected an indifference to public opinion by authorities under Saakashvili, who has made overcoming Georgia's Soviet past his signature policy since taking power on the back of the 2003 "Rose Revolution".
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