Georgia police accused of beating protesters against ‘foreign influence’ bill

Unrest came as demonstrator who was attacked near his home says government is trying to intimidate critics

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Riot police armed with water cannon and teargas have been accused of beating protesters who picketed outside Georgia’s parliament to try to stop a final vote on a controversial “foreign influence” law.

The fresh scenes of violence on Monday morning came as hundreds of masked officers charged down demonstrators who had been attempting to block off access to the parliament in the capital, Tbilisi.

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