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Once again protests in Georgia against the “Russian” law.

Once again protests in Georgia against the “Russian” law.

The protests have been continuing for several weeks. The bill was approved on second reading on Wednesday.

in Georgia Thousands of people once again took to the streets against the planned law on “foreign influence.”

Protesters gathered in the capital on Friday Tbilisi In front of the Paragraph Hotel, where government members were participating in a forum organized by the Asian Development Bank, then they moved to the headquarters of the ruling Georgian Dream party.

“No to the Russian government!”

They chanted slogans such as “We will not tire!” and “Georgia will win!” and “No to the Russian government!” The number of demonstrators on Friday was smaller than last, as tens of thousands protested and police used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets against those gathered. As announced by the Ministry of Interior, one person was arrested on Friday and 23 on Thursday.

Protests against the “Russian law” have been continuing in Georgia for several weeks. The bill was approved on second reading on Wednesday. The law stipulates that organizations that receive at least 20% of their funding from abroad must be officially registered in Georgia. The ruling Georgian Dream party aims for the law to enter into force in mid-May.

Criticism of legislative plans in Georgia

Critics believe that this law has clear similarities with Russia's anti-“foreign agents” law. This allows the authorities there to take widespread action against critical media and organizations.

the The United Nations, the United States and the European Union She criticized Georgia's legislative plans. Georgia has been a candidate for European Union membership since December.

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The Georgian government says the project will ensure more transparency. The first version of the law was dropped last year after massive street protests.