Speaker: Discussions hindered by labels and clichés, foreign actors involved
Speaker: Discussions hindered by labels and clichés, foreign actors involved

“The purpose of Irakli Kobakhidze’s [Georgia’s PM] open letter is to encourage young people to consider issues beyond emotions and focus on the substance,” said the Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili.

Papuashvili stated that discussions [on Transparency of Foreign Influence bill] have been hindered in recent weeks, and the issue has been obscured by labels and clichés, with foreign actors also involved in this approach.

“In recent weeks, we have seen reasoning and discussion being blocked, with the issue being overshadowed and covered with clichés, unfortunately involving foreign actors. This approach hinders any reasonable discussion and tries to prevent anyone from engaging in a meaningful debate about the issue. Fortunately, the public is aware of the situation and well-informed about the issues.

Another aspect is the portrayal of young people engaging with the issue either substantively or emotionally. When examining the structure of existing protests, there are multiple groups of activists. The term ‘activists’ is sometimes used to mislead the public, suggesting that these individuals have no political affiliations,” said Papuashvili.

According to him, these young people are politically affiliated groups executing political agendas.

“The politicians may not be visible on TV, but they are always present, working behind the scenes. They are the ones instructing young, energetic individuals to take the lead while they stir up trouble from the background to capitalize on the chaotic situation,” Papuashvili said.