A large traffic jam has been reported on the border amid violent protests in Tbilisi
A large line of vehicles looking to enter Russia from Georgia gathered on the border between the two countries early on Thursday, social media users have reported.
“There’s a very big line towards the border on the Georgian side,” one person wrote on Telegram.
Other users reported spending hours trying to cross into Russia through the Verkhny Lars checkpoint.
The queue of cars has reached up to 2km, according to some accounts. Images from the scene showed numerous vehicles in the line with both Russian and Georgian license plates.
Reports of a tailback on the border have been corroborated by data from the Yandex.Karty online mapping platform.
On Wednesday, the Georgian Military Highway – a mountain road linking the Russian city of Vladikavkaz with Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi – was reopened after being closed for traffic for several days due to avalanches.
Tbilisi has been rocked by violent protests this week as thousands took to the streets to decry the country’s draft law on foreign agents.
The opposition has accused the government of trying to pass “Russian-style” legislation, requiring any organization receiving more than 20% of its funding from abroad to register a foreign agent.
Clashes broke out in the Georgian capital late on Wednesday as police used rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannon to disperse the crowd. There were reports of demonstrators building barricades, tossing stones at the security forces, and hurling Molotov cocktails.
At least 76 people were arrested, according to police, while some 50 officers were wounded. There were also injuries among the protesters.
Large queues were observed on the Russian-Georgian border going in the opposite direction last fall. Back then, Georgia – together with fellow former Soviet republics Armenia and Kazakhstan – was among the main destinations for those fleeing Russia following the partial mobilization announced by President Vladimir Putin amid the conflict in Ukraine.
March 09, 2023 at 01:04PM