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Demonstrators Take to the Streets Again in Tbilisi to Protest ‘Foreign Agents’ Bill

Demonstrators in Georgia took to the streets of Tbilisi again on the evening of Thursday, May 2, to protest against a so-called “foreign agents” bill that could curb the presence of media and non-governmental organizations in the country.Footage filmed by Instagram user @g_keti shows protesters gathered in front of the country’s parliament building in Tbilisi, waving Georgian flags and singing. It also shows protesters gathering in Heroes Square and a woman offering food to the demonstrators. The new bill, officially the Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence, would require all non-commercial entities and media organizations receiving more than 20 percent of their funding from abroad to register as foreign agents.Critics have termed it the “Russian bill”, claiming that it is very similar to Russian laws on “foreign agents”, according to Jam News.Footage from Tbilisi has documented the use of water cannons and tear gas by police during the protests.European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was “following the situation in Georgia with great concern” and that she condemned the violence taking place in Tbilisi. Georgia is a candidate for EU membership. Credit: @g_keti via Storyful