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Several thousand protesters blocked traffic in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi on Tuesday evening, in protest against a new law labeling organizations with foreign funding as foreign agents. Photo: AP / NTB

Of NTB | 14.05.2024 21:59:37

War and conflicts: The law labels foreign-funded organizations as foreign agents and is seen by opponents as an attempt by the authorities to stifle independent media and human rights organizations.

Both inside and outside the National Assembly there were clashes on Tuesday, and on Tuesday evening around 2,000 protesters blocked traffic at a roundabout in the center of Tbilisi.

According to the country’s Ministry of the Interior, 13 protesters have been arrested, accused of not complying with orders from the police.

The US has also protested against the new law and says that there will be consequences for relations between the two countries if it is not withdrawn.

Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide (Ap) calls the development in Georgia “very disturbing”.

– That the country’s government so clearly distances itself from our common, liberal values ​​will affect our cooperation, he stated.

(© NTB)

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