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Protests continue outside Georgia’s National Assembly


The police are trying to arrest a protester at the National Assembly on Monday morning. The demonstrators believe that the law is a step towards Russia and a step away from the EU. Photo: Zurab Tsertsvadze / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 13.05.2024 10:20:17

Policy: Hundreds of police officers in riot gear lined up in the street behind the National Assembly on Monday morning. Some scuffles broke out between them and the protesters when they tried to arrest protesters. According to Russian news agencies, around 20 people have been arrested, but this has not been confirmed.

Parts of Rustaveli’s main street are blocked off as it passes in front of the National Assembly.

On Monday, the bill was passed in a parliamentary committee before it is scheduled to be considered in plenary on Tuesday. With this, the government wants to gain insight into organizations that receive at least 20 percent of their funding from abroad, while critics believe it will be used to suppress independent media and human rights organizations.

They also believe that it is a big step away from a more Western-oriented policy and EU membership, which a large majority of the Georgian population wants.

– We intend to stay here as long as necessary, says Marian Kalandadze (22), one of the protesters, to the AFP news agency.

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