04 July 2022, 10:02
Almost 20 people held during anti-LGBT protest in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, July 4, Interfax - Police in Tbilisi have arrested 17 participants in a protest against staging LGBT events in the Georgian capital, the Georgian Interior Ministry told reporters on Saturday.
The protestors were refusing to obey police orders, it said.
The protest against the so-called LGBT Week was held in Tbilisi on Saturday.
According to the Georgian media, the event involved members from the radical organization Alt-Info. The participants torched the European Union flag outside the building of the EU delegation in Tbilisi. They were holding Georgian flags and chanting "Long live Georgia!"
The protestors told reporters that if the EU is really keen on friendship, it should take the Georgian people as it is.
The Georgian media said that prior to the rally some people gathered outside the EU delegation office in Rustaveli Avenue and tore up a rainbow flag (the international symbol of the LGBT) and the NATO flag.
Meanwhile, the president and chief executive of the American Endowment for Democracy, Damon Wilson, who is currently visiting Tbilisi, told reporters after meeting with Georgian opposition representatives of his solidarity with the Georgian LGBT community. In a healthy, strong democracy the LGBT community should be part of this democratic life, Wilson said.