Residents in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge clashed with riot police on Sunday over the construction of the Khadori-3 hydroelectric power plant.

The protesters lobbed stones at riot police who, in turn, used rubber bullets and tear gas in an attempt to disperse them.

Several people from both sides were reportedly injured.

According to the media reports, Chief of Georgian Ministry of Interior Affairs Giorgi Gakharia arrived at the scene to negotiate with locals.

Georgian authorities launched construction work on the plant back in March 2018. Local residents are worried the plant could harm the environment and force them to leave their homes.

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