Hundreds of thousands of Georgians demonstrate against “Russian law”

Hundreds of thousands of Georgians demonstrate against “Russian law”
Hundreds of thousands of Georgians demonstrate against “Russian law”

Published on May 11, 2024 at 9:09 p.m. / Modified on May 11, 2024 at 9:38 p.m.

In the crowd, gathered on and around Europe Square, demonstrators display the flags of Georgia and the European Union. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators demonstrate this Saturday evening in the streets of the capital Tbilisi, to once again protest against the law on “foreign influence”, imposed by the government and considered similar to Russian legislation regularly used against opposition to the Kremlin.

“Georgia! Georgia!” chanted the numerous demonstrators who also marched along the Koura River, despite a heavy downpour. Among those present, a woman wants to show that her country “simply wants to be part of European society”. She insists: “We are protecting our European future.”

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The protests last

Georgia has been plagued by anti-government protests since early April and the reintroduction of this bill by the ruling Georgian Dream party. It must undergo its third reading in Parliament very soon. In conflict with the pro-Russian prime minister, President Salomé Zourabichvili opposes it in vain. She calls the project “Russian law.”

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If the controversial law is passed, it will require any NGO or media organization receiving more than 20% of its funding from abroad to register as an “organization pursuing the interests of a foreign power.” The government assures that this measure is intended to force organizations to demonstrate greater “transparency” regarding their funding.

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