Thousands Protest as Georgia Parliament Advances ‘Foreign Influence’ Bill

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In a significant display of public dissent, tens of thousands of citizens gathered in protest as the Georgian parliament moved forward with the controversial ‘foreign influence’ bill. The proposed legislation, which has drawn sharp criticism from both domestic and international observers, could potentially impact Georgia’s aspirations to join the European Union.

The bill, which mandates media and non-commercial organizations receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as “pursuing the interests of a foreign power,” has been likened to similar laws in Russia used to suppress dissent. Critics argue that the bill threatens the democratic fabric of the nation and undermines the freedom of the press and civil society.

The protests, dubbed the “March for Europe,” have continued for weeks, with demonstrators demanding the withdrawal of the bill. The Georgian Dream party, which is behind the proposal, has faced increasing pressure as the demonstrations show no sign of abating.

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