Georgia: PM Vows to Pass “Foreign Agent” Bill Next Week After Thousands Protest

Source: US News & World Report

“Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze vowed on Sunday to push ahead with a law on ‘foreign agents’ that has sparked a political crisis, after opponents of the bill rallied in one of the largest protests seen since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Kobakhidze told a televised briefing that the ruling Georgian Dream party would secure passage of the bill in a third reading this week, and threatened protesters with prosecution if they resort to violence. Georgia’s opposition has called on opponents of the bill to stage on all-night protest outside parliament to prevent lawmakers from entering the building on Monday, when they are due to begin debating the bill’s third reading. The bill requires organisations receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as agents of foreign influence or face punitive fines.” (05/12/24)