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Georgians protest in opposition to draft regulation on media, nonprofits as police use tear gasoline, water cannons

Georgian authorities used tear gasoline and water cannon exterior the parliament constructing within the capital Tbilisi Tuesday in opposition to protesters who oppose a proposed regulation some see as stifling freedom of the press.

The regulation, which has obtained preliminary approval, would require media retailers and nongovernmental organizations that obtain greater than 20% of their funding from overseas sources to register as “brokers of overseas affect.”

International organizations have voiced concern over the draft regulation, saying it runs in opposition to Georgia’s democratic growth.


Georgians are protesting against a draft law on media and nonprofits that some say stifles freedom of the press.

Georgians are protesting in opposition to a draft regulation on media and nonprofits that some say stifles freedom of the press.

Hundreds of individuals have been massing for days to protest the proposed regulation, and a struggle broke out at one level amongst lawmakers. Russia’s state information company Tass reported Tuesday from Tbilisi that some protesters have been injured.

While Georgia’s president, Salome Zurabishvili, has stated she would veto the invoice, its authors say it is wanted for the transparency of the work of entities financed by representatives of overseas states. Parliament can override presidential vetoes.

In Russia, a overseas agent regulation is commonly used to close down organizations and information retailers that report voices essential of the federal government. Georgian civil activists and opposition representatives have blocked each entrances to the parliament constructing, chanting: “No to Russian regulation!” “Russians!” “Slaves!”

The United States and the European Union have warned Georgia that by adopting this regulation it might hurt its prospects of ever becoming a member of the EU and NATO.

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