05 July 2021, 16:53
March in support of LGBT community in Tbilisi cancelled
Tbilisi, July 5, Interfax - An LGBT march scheduled originally for Monday in Tbilisi has been cancelled, the Tbilisi Pride organization said in a statement.
"The government's actions have clearly shown us that they don't want to perform their duties. The government's inaction has put at risk the lives and health of numerous people, and therefore, a march for our dignity and rights won't take place today, but our battle will continue," Tbilisi Pride uniting the Georgian LGBT community and some non-governmental organizations said in a statement.
Despite the decision not to hold a procession in the center of Tbilisi, several thousand radical protesters still remain on Rustaveli Avenue.
Some protesters earlier climbed a balcony of Tbilisi Pride's office, ripped down a rainbow flag from the facade, and burnt it.
A mob also attacked journalists on Monday morning, accusing them of propagating LGBT ideas. A cameraman from TV Channel One was injured and hospitalized.
The Interior Ministry said it opened a criminal case into the attack on members of the press.
The Patriarchate of the Georgian Orthodox Church has denounced the attack, describing the incident as "very sad, unacceptable, and absolutely objectionable."
Tbilisi Pride started a campaign for the rights of the LGBT community on July 1. The organizers announced earlier that they would hold a March of Dignity with the motto 'Come Out for Solidarity' in Tbilisi on Monday.