05 July 2021, 15:49
Opponents of LGBT community attack journalists in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, July 5, Interfax - Several journalists and cameramen were attacked on the square in front of the parliament on Monday by opponents of Tbilisi Pride's March for Dignity promoting the LGBT community, which was scheduled to be held in the coming hours.
The journalists did not sustain serious injuries. The police took them to a safe distance away. The attackers were shouting that journalists in Georgia are promoting LGBT ideas.
The opponents of the march also used force to disassemble several tents that were put up by the opposition party United National Movement back in November 2020. The police did not interfere in those actions.
According to Georgian media reports, several dozen radical young people are near the office of the non-governmental organization where the organizers of the LGBT march are located. The police are preventing the radical activists from breaking into the office.
Members of the LGBT community were intending to hold a march on Rustaveli Avenue in the coming hours to defend their rights. The rally organizers earlier told reporters their rights have been rudely violated in Georgia and the "violent" actions against them were organized by the Georgian Orthodox Church. The leaders of the LGBT community told reporters they did not intend to give up on holding a march in central Tbilisi.
In a speech at a government meeting, Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili called on members of the LGBT community to give up their plans. Thousands of people ready to keep the march from happening are now on Rustaveli Avenue.
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