The Take: What’s behind Georgia’s ‘foreign agents’ protests?

Police in Tbilisi crack down on protesters as tens of thousands rally to oppose a controversial ‘foreign influence’ bill.

Demonstrators hold a rally to protest against a bill on "foreign agents", near Georgian Parliament building, in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 13, 2024
Demonstrators hold a rally to protest against a bill on "foreign agents", near Georgian Parliament building, in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 13, 2024 [Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters]

Protesters are calling it the “Russian law” – a bill in Georgia’s parliament that, if passed, would label any organisation with more than 20 percent foreign funding as a foreign agent. The bill has sparked widespread protests. Supporters say it protects Georgian sovereignty. How will it affect whether this small former Soviet republic leans towards Russia or towards the EU?

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  • Yulia Shapovalova (@Yulisha), Al Jazeera correspondent

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