The Georgian opposition announces protests on a daily basis

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The Georgian opposition has announced daily protests, which will continue until victory in the fight against the draft law on foreign agents approved in the first reading in Georgia.

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The Georgian opposition has announced daily protests, which will continue until victory in the fight against the draft law on foreign agents approved in the first reading in Georgia.

Protests against the bill have been going on in Georgia for several days.

On Tuesday, police in Tbilisi used water cannons and tear gas against protesters.

As reported by the Georgian television channel “Mtavari”,

Representatives of the Georgian opposition have already announced new protest actions, which will take place every day at 3 p.m. local time (1 p.m. Latvian time).

Protest actions are planned to be held in front of the Parliament of Georgia.

As the opposition politician Nika Melija emphasized, the protest actions will continue as long as necessary.

“We will gather on Rustaveli Avenue every day [pie Gruzijas parlamenta] until the whole Rustaveli Avenue becomes a Georgian instead of a Russian Avenue again,” Melia pointed out.

As reported, the bill envisages including in the list of “foreign agents” non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and media, which, excluding revenues from advertisements, receive at least 20% of their funding from foreign countries. A fine of 25,000 lari or 8,800 euros can be imposed for refusing to register in the “foreign agents” register.

The bill has drawn comparisons with Russia’s 2012 “foreign agents” law, which the Kremlin has used to suppress the opposition and shut down independent media.

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