April 16, 2024

Georgian Parliament Turns Into WWE

A recent session of the Georgian parliament got a bit exciting.

As ruling party leader Mamuka Mdinaradze was speaking, a member of the opposition decided to take matters into his own hands, literally.

Aleko Elisashvili, a member of parliament in the opposition party, sprinted up to the podium and punched Mdinaradze right in the face.

Take That!

The subject at hand was similar in nature to our foreign agent registration laws.

Mdinaradze was supporting legislation before parliament that would require any organization taking funds from donors outside the country to register as a foreign agent.

Anyone who broke the law would then be subject to fines and punishment.

The opposition believes the law is far too close to laws in Russia that silence dissent from the ruling party.

Just as Mdinaradze was voicing his support of the law, this happened…

Khatia Dekanoidze, an opposition member of parliament, stated, “It’s not about the law, I mean it’s not about the legal proceedings. It’s about the geopolitical choice.

“Whether Georgia is going to the European Union, or whether Georgia is going to Russia.”

Georgia is currently trying to join the EU, but some members believe this law could prevent its acceptance due to the fact the EU has openly voiced its opposition to the law.

This is now the second time that the law has been introduced.

When the law was first presented to parliament, it had been withdrawn due to mass protests erupting around the country.

This reminds me of years past when fights in our Congress took place.

The most famous of these was the caning of Senator Charles Sumner by Rep. Preston Brooks, who walked out of the chamber without anyone stopping him.

In all, there were more than five dozen acts of violence between congressmen leading up to the Civil War.

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