According to media reports, three people drowned in the Enguri River while trying to reach the Georgian-controlled territory from the occupied region of Abkhazia though a bypass road.
The above is not the first case when people trying to enter the territory controlled by Georgia lose their lives. Citizens living in Abkhazia try to enter the Georgian-controlled territory in similar dangerous way in order to avoid a five-day mandatory quarantine.
The Democracy Research Institute calls on the Georgian Government to immediately lift quarantine that puts people's lives at risk.
The Democracy Research Institute believes that the changes to the Administrative Offences Code of Georgia are repressive and serve the sole purpose of restricting freedom of assembly and expression.