Georgia. A fight breaks out between MPs live on television

Georgia. A fight breaks out between MPs live on television
Georgia. A fight breaks out between MPs live on television

A fight broke out this Tuesday between Georgian deputies during the examination in Parliament of the controversial bill on “foreign influence”, which the ruling party wishes to adopt during the day despite significant opposition demonstrations.

During the debates with a view to adopting the text in the third and final reading, elected officials from the majority confronted several others from the opposition with fists, according to images broadcast by public television in this Caucasian country.

Similar fights had already occurred in recent weeks.

Georgia is preparing to adopt the controversial law on “foreign influence” this Tuesday, despite large-scale demonstrations against this text which, according to its detractors, diverts this Caucasian country from Europe and drags it towards Moscow .

Nicknamed “Russian law”

Hundreds of young demonstrators were already gathered in front of parliament in the middle of the day, in anticipation of the vote of elected officials. But so far the strong protest movement, which brought together tens of thousands of people, has not made the government bend. In 2023, massive demonstrations forced the ruling “Georgian Dream” party to abandon a first version of this text.

Critics have dubbed it the “Russian law” because the text mimics Kremlin legislation to suppress opposition. The reference is particularly sensitive in Georgia, a country which swings between Russian and European spheres of influence and was invaded by Moscow during a brief war in 2008.

If adopted, the law will require any NGO or media receiving more than 20% of its funding from abroad to register as an “organization pursuing the interests of a foreign power”.

The adoption of this law would be a “serious obstacle” to membership of the EU, said a spokesperson, Peter Stano. Georgia has officially been a candidate for entry into the EU since December 2023.

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