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Georgia confirms dozens arrested during pro-EU protest as convictions mount amid crackdown – POLITICO

Georgian human rights ombudsman Levan Ioselian has since issued a statement condemning the police response, calling it “contrary to the standards of necessary and proportionate intervention.” The public defender called for an investigation into the use of “disproportionate force” and the apparent targeting of journalists covering the events.

Meanwhile, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, a Georgian Dream politician, accused protesters of blocking entrances and exits to parliament. “The radicals do this, then sometimes they run away and abandon the young people in front of the police,” he claimed, without providing any evidence to support his claims.

The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, denounced “violence against demonstrators in Georgia who were peacefully demonstrating against the foreign influence law.” He urged the ruling Georgian Dream party to ensure respect for the right to peaceful assembly and insisted that “the use of force to suppress it is unacceptable.”

Georgia was granted EU candidate status by the European Commission in December, despite warnings that it risked backsliding on key human rights issues and had failed to implement reforms proposed by Brussels. Enlargement bloc chief Gert Jan Koopman arrived in Tbilisi on Wednesday morning as part of a planned visit, with MPs urging him to announce the withdrawal of the South Caucasus nation’s candidate status.

The foreign agents bill, initially proposed last year, was abandoned by the government after major protests and an international outcry, with Brussels saying the rules would be contrary to European values.

However, at a rally on Monday evening, the ruling party stepped up efforts to protect the country from foreign influence and “LGBT propaganda”. The measures would require NGOs and media outlets that receive more than 20 percent of their funding from abroad to register as agents of foreign influence, which critics say mirrors legislation used by neighboring Russia to suppress Civil society.

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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe.Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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