The leader of the opposition Strategy Agmashenebeli party, Giorgi Vashadze, announced a new protest action against the adoption of the law on foreign agents. It will be held in the afternoon on March 8 near the building of the Parliament of Georgia in Tbilisi. More than a thousand people came out to protest on March 7.
“Today, a disproportionate force was used by the special forces and the police against a peaceful rally. A lot of protesters were detained, among them the leader of the opposition party “Girchi” Zurab Japaridze. In a few hours, even more people will gather on the square in front of the parliament for a rally than yesterday,” Giorgi Vashadze told reporters (quoted from Interfax).
In Tbilisi, a protest against the law lasted more than 10 hours, writes Paper Kartili. By 04:00 local time (03:00 Moscow time), the protesters began to disperse. Police and special forces cordoned off the area around the building of the Parliament of Georgia, single detentions continue, Interfax reports. Information on the number of detainees and victims is not yet available. TV channel Mtavari Arkhi reports dozens of arrests, Sputnik Georgia — about six.
This morning, March 7, a protest rally against the law on foreign agents began in front of the Georgian parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi. Its adoption is supported by the ruling Georgian Dream party. In the evening the document was adopted in the first reading. Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili supported the protesters and promised to veto the law.
After that, clashes between protesters and servicemen of the special purpose unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs began near the parliament building. The protesters broke through the fences put up at the parliament. The police began to disperse the rally around 01:30 local time (00:30 Moscow time), the media wrote that the police used water cannons, stun grenades and tear gas against the protesters. The protesters threw Molotov cocktails at the police, and also threw stones at the parliament building.
About the bill – in the material “Kommersant” “Georgia is looking for foreign agents.”
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