Large-scale demonstrations in Georgia, some mobs around the “foreign agent” bill | Reuters

On March 7, in Georgia, a neighboring country of Russia that was a member of the former Soviet Union, thousands of people demonstrate in response to the passage of a bill regulating foreign-funded organizations in the first stage of parliamentary deliberations. was done. FILE PHOTO: Police cannon water on demonstrators in Tbilisi, June 2023. REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze

[トビリシ 7日 ロイター] – In Georgia, a neighboring country of Russia, which was a member of the former Soviet Union, thousands of people demonstrated on the 7th against the passage of a bill regulating organizations receiving foreign funds in the first stage of parliamentary deliberations. was broken Participants threw petrol bombs and rocks at the police, and the police began to suppress the protests with tear gas.

The bill obliges organizations that receive more than 20 percent of their funding from foreign countries to register as “foreign agents”. Violations are subject to heavy fines.

Opponents say the bill is similar to a law enacted in Russia in 2012 and used to suppress speech. He is concerned that his future goal of joining the European Union (EU) will be far away.

President Zurabishvili said he would veto the bill if it passed parliament. He said he was on the side of the opposition.

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