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Georgian ruling party drops ‘foreign agents’ bill but protests resume

Participants march during a protest against a draft law on "foreign agents", which critics say represents an authoritarian shift and could hurt Georgia's bid to join the European Union, in Tbilisi, Georgia, March 8, 2023. REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze

Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters Georgia’s ruling party said on Thursday it was withdrawing a bill on “foreign agents” after two nights of violent protests against what opponents called a Russian-inspired authoritarian shift that imperilled hopes of Georgia joining the European Union. The Georgian Dream party said in a statement it would “unconditionally withdraw the bill we […]

Georgian police use water, tear gas in move to break up second day of protests

Participants protest against a draft law on "foreign agents", which critics say represents an authoritarian shift and could hurt Georgia's bid to join the European Union, during a rally outside the parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, March 8, 2023. REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze

Tbilisi, GeorgiaReuters Police in the Georgian capital Tbilisi used tear gas, water cannon and stun grenades late on Wednesday as they moved to break up the second straight day of protests against a “foreign agents” law which critics say signals an authoritarian shift. Hundreds of police, many carrying riot shields, converged on streets around the […]