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Should Lawmakers Who Engage in Physical Altercations Face Severe Penalties?

Should Lawmakers Who Engage in Physical Altercations Face Severe Penalties?

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Political brawls in the heart of Georgia’s parliament are making headlines, as a controversial “foreign agents” bill sparks violent altercations in the hallowed halls of democracy.

Mamuka Mdinaradze, the leader of the ruling Georgian Dream party’s parliamentary faction, was punched in the face by opposition MP Aleko Elisashvili during a heated discussion. Video evidence paints a clear picture of the chaos that ensued, with lawmakers leaping up from their desks and trading punches.

This bill, which is causing such uproar, has been criticized as a “Putin-style” import from Russia. It demands media and non-commercial organizations receiving more than 20% of their budget from abroad to register as ‘foreign-influenced’. It’s a law that the Georgian Dream party insists is necessary to combat “pseudo-liberal values” imposed by foreigners and promote transparency.

Critics, however, have dubbed it the “Russian law,” likening it to the Kremlin’s efforts to silence dissidents.

Despite the Georgian Dream party’s professed aim of joining the EU and NATO, their alignment with such controversial legislation deepens their ties with Russia. This has led to opponents arguing that the law could hinder Georgia’s EU aspirations. This is echoed by the EU’s proclamation that the “foreign agent” law is incompatible with the bloc’s values.

Monday’s brawl occurred as Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze met with ambassadors from the EU, the U.K., and the U.S., to discuss the legislation. Despite the promise of a veto by current President Salome Zourabichvili, the future of the law remains uncertain with the impending presidential transition.

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  1. Pam Sorock

    April 19, 2024 at 12:27 pm


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