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Law on assemblies and manifestations came into force2009-08-18 18:14
The amended law on assemblies and manifestations became valid today. The amendments, initiated by the ruling party of Georgia [United National Movement] imply a number of restrictions for protest actions and manifestations - RBC.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Now blocking state enterprises, staging actions within 66 feet radius of them, intentional obstacles the traffic are prohibited. Blocking central streets is allowed only in case the number of action participants demands it. In case protesters violate the law, local authorities can demand immediate cessation of the action, otherwise law enforcement structures are obliged to restore order.
Also, police is now allowed to use so-called non-lethal weapons against action participants to protect public order.
The code of administrative infringements was also amended. The term of administrative punishment is prolonged from 30 to 90 days secure placement. The amount of fine can reach 5000 lari [about 3000 dollars].
Georgian opposition is strongly against these amendments, the parliamentary fraction of Christian Democrats proposed President Saakashvili to veto them [the amendments].