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2 May 2024

Georgia cracks down on demonstrations over ‘foreign agents bill’

EU and US officials have called on Georgia to scrap a controversial new bill, which – according to its critics – would put an end to free speech, and prevent accession to the EU.

The so-called ‘foreign agents bill’ – which mirrors legislation passed in Russia – has brought tens of thousands of pro-Western demonstrators to the streets of Tbilisi, where they’ve been met by an increasingly violent police response. It’s left the country at a crossroads between Western integration, and the influence of the Kremlin.

And a warning there are some scenes of violence in this piece.