Posted 9 марта 2023,, 04:17
Published 9 марта 2023,, 04:17
Modified 9 марта 2023,, 05:50
Updated 9 марта 2023,, 05:50
On the night of March 9, a multi-kilometer traffic jam formed at the Upper Lars checkpoint in the direction of Russia. According to the tg-channel Mash, this is allegedly connected with the protests taking place in Georgia against the background of the parliament's intention to adopt a law on foreign agents. The channel also reports that places closer to the border are being sold in the queue. According to Yandex.Maps, the traffic jam by 2:45 a.m. was 7 km.
However, congestion is regularly noted at the border - the checkpoint is unstable. In addition, since March 5, Upper Lars has been closed due to bad weather from Georgia and the threat of avalanches.
As for the protests in Tbilisi, we recall that they began on March 7, after the bill "On Transparency of foreign influence" was adopted in the first reading. According to the opposition, the innovation will limit the activities of independent NGOs and the media. By the end of Wednesday, March 8, more than ten thousand demonstrators surrounded the parliament, knocked out windows in the building and threw firecrackers there. Riot police dispersed the protesters with water cannons and tear gas. President Salome Zurabishvili, who was on a visit to the United States, called on the authorities to refrain from using force against the protesters and prove that they "are not an informal pro-Russian force."