Photo: Echo of the Caucasus
Police crack down on protests in Georgia
Citizens of Georgia are protesting against the adoption of the bill on “foreign agents”. The police use tear gas and a water cannon.
On Tuesday, March 7, the Parliament of Georgia adopted in the first reading a bill on the transparency of foreign influence, which largely inherits the Russian legislation on “foreign agents”. Clashes broke out between protesters and law enforcement officers under the walls of the parliament, Ekho Kavkaz reports.
76 deputies of the ruling party Georgian Dream voted for the draft law, 13 parliamentarians voted against.
Consideration of the project already on March 7 was a surprise, at first it was planned that it would be taken out to the hall on March 9. The discussion began in the absence of the majority of the opposition deputies.
A protest action is taking place under the parliament building, the participants of which are chanting No to Russian legislation, Stand on the right side of history.
Clashes have already begun between protesters and law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers do not give the participants of the action the opportunity to approach the entrance to the parliament. Special forces use water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters.
Recall that the bill on the transparency of foreign influence concerns non-governmental organizations and the media that receive foreign funding.
Several hundred non-governmental organizations and media in Georgia signed a statement against the adoption of the law. Serious concern in connection with the Georgian legislative initiative was expressed by the US State Department and the European Union.
Deputies fight in Georgian parliament
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