Controversial ‘Foreign Agents’ Bill Thrown Out After Protests in Georgia

Chase Baker
Chase Baker
Chase is a seasoned journalist and former resident of Iraqi Kurdistan. With a background in English and Philosophy from the College of Charleston, Chase covered the 2022 conflict in eastern Ukraine, including cities like Kharkiv, Bakhmut, and Kramatorsk. He has also produced short documentaries in Ukraine and the U.S., and has been with Atlas for three years.

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The current ruling party in Georgia, The Georgian Dream party has announced that the bill on “foreign agents” will be dropped. 

This comes as people took to the streets of Georgia’s capital and staged protests against the bill over the past two days.

The demonstrations on both days got heated and violent as protesters clashed with police.

The Georgian Dream party specifically pointed to reducing “confrontation” as the reason for dropping the bill. 

For those who haven’t been watching all of this unfold, the bill in question would require any Georgian organization to register as a “foreign agent” if the organization receives more than 20% of their funding from outside of the country.

This bill motivated many Georgians to protest as the proposed legislation was seen as limiting freedom of the press and also something that would push the country away from becoming an EU member.

These protests also took an anti-Russian stance as many believed the law to be a sign of Russian style governance.

Because of this, many Ukrainian flags were flown by protesters.

Even though the controversial bill has been dropped, protest organizers have stated that more demonstrations will be held today.