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Small-Business Owners Protest Georgia's New Tax Law

Small-business owners rally in Tbilisi.

Small-business owners rally in Tbilisi.

TBILISI -- Dozens of small-business owners are protesting a new tax law today in the Georgian capital, RFE/RL's Georgian and Russian services report.

Koba Davitashvili, chairman of the opposition People's Party, told RFE/RL that the demonstration is "just a warning," but the protests will continue if the demonstrators’ demands are not met.

He said the main goal of the protest is for the recently passed tax law -- in which every small-business owner could be fined and possibly have goods confiscated for failing to provide receipts and invoices -- to be revised by parliament.

Davitashvili said the protesters are demanding "the introduction of fixed taxes for small-business owners."