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Breaking News Alert: Georgia in Rebellion
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New York (RichTVX.com) —
Georgia is currently in a state of rebellion as its citizens are protesting against a law on foreign influence, which is akin to the Russian law on foreign agents. The protests are the largest that the country has seen in recent years. On Tuesday, thousands of Georgians took to the streets to voice their disapproval of the Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence. This law could jeopardize the country’s accession to the EU and NATO. In the center of Tbilisi, there are riots, with Molotov cocktails being thrown at the police, and security forces responding with water cannons and tear gas. On the 7th of March, Georgia’s parliament passed a stringent version of the law on foreign agents in its first reading. The document requires individuals and legal entities that receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as agents of foreign influence. The law was supported by 76 deputies, with only 13 opposing it. Massive protests have now erupted across the country, with several thousand people gathering outside the parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue on Tuesday. The protesters are chanting “No to Russian law!” and hurling obscene expressions at Russian President Vladimir Putin. They are holding flags of Georgia, the EU, and Ukraine. The opposition considers the current government to be pro-Russian. In response, security forces have dispersed protesters using tear gas and water cannons, and the demonstrators are trying to break into the parliament building. These protests are the most massive that Georgia has experienced since 2019 when locals rallied against Russia’s occupation of several regions. During those riots, 240 people were injured, and more than 300 were detained. After the demonstrations, the chairman of the Georgian parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze, resigned. The US Embassy in Tbilisi has described “today as a black day for Georgian democracy.” They have said that the bill is inspired by the Kremlin, and those responsible for cracking down on protests in Georgia could face US sanctions, according to State Department spokesman Ned Price. The President of Georgia has expressed her support for the protesters. Salome Zurabishvili has promised to veto the document if it is passed in the parliament of the republic. Despite this, protests in the country continue.