Georgian Ruling Party Announces Withdrawal of 'Foreign Agent' Bill After Protests

Georgia’s ruling party announced it would withdraw the so-called “foreign agent” bill on Thursday morning, March 9, after two days of protesting against the proposal in Tbilisi.

According to a statement on its website, cited by RFE’s Georgian service, the Georgian Dream party said it had “decided to unconditionally withdraw this bill that we supported”.

A joint statement posted by Georgian Dream’s coalition partners, People’s Power, said a “machine of lies” had misled the public about the bill, according to a machine translation.

Video by Instagram user @marrypatati shows protesters in Tbilisi on Wednesday.

Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said 66 people were arrested during the protesting on Wednesday due to “petty hooliganism and disobedience to the legal demands of the police.” Credit: @marrypatati via Storyful