The Washington Post

Georgian police use tear gas against protesters:


Georgian police used tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters Tuesday in central Tbilisi after Parliament gave its initial backing to a draft law on “foreign agents” that critics say represents an authoritar­ian shift imperiling the South Caucasus country’s hopes of European Union membership. The law, backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, would require any organizati­ons receiving more than 20 percent of its funding from overseas to register as “foreign agents,” or face substantia­l fines. Critics have said it is reminiscen­t of a 2012 law in Russia that has since been used to crack down on dissent. Reuters journalist­s in Tbilisi saw protesters angrily remonstrat­ing with police armed with riot shields, who then used tear gas and water cannon to disperse them.

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