Violent far-right mob forces cancellation of pride parade


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LGBTIQ activists in the country of Georgia have had to cancel a planned pride march event after a violent far-right mob ransacked their offices.

The violent thugs also attacked journalists, activists and police ahead of the planned march through the conservative country’s capital city Tbilisi.

Tbilisi Pride said they had cancelled their “March for Dignity” event over the risks to participants’ safety.

“We cannot risk human lives and take to the streets, which are full of violent attackers,” organisers announced, confirming the march was cancelled.

Ahead of the march, protesters climbed a building and ransacked the group’s office.

The thugs broke windows and destroyed equipment, and tore down the group’s rainbow flags and banners. The mob also burned the rainbow flags in the street.

Tbilisi Pride slammed local authorities for “not only failing to secure the safety of the queer community and our supporters, but actively hampering us from exercising the right of assembly”.

“The actions of the government have clearly shown that they don’t want to perform its direct duty,” the group said.

“The inaction of the executive power has put the health and lives of Georgian citizens in real danger.”

Georgia’s Prime Minister blames event itself and political opponents

Organisers criticised Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili for appearing to blame the violence on the event itself and political opponents.

Garibashvili reportedly claimed the “majority” of Georgians opposed the march. He warned the “unreasonable” event risked creating “civil confrontation”.

He also accused an opposing political party of organising the march to sow “unrest” in the country.

Tbilisi Pride’s director Giorgi Tabagari said the prime minister’s claims were “unbelievable”.

“Shameful statement and highly irresponsible of PM, it only worsens the already tense situation,” he tweeted.

Authorities slammed for ‘encouraging the violence’

Georgia’s interior ministry earlier urged Tbilisi Pride to cancel “due to the scale of counter-demonstrations planned by opposing groups”.

An Amnesty International spokesperson slammed the authorities for “encouraging violence” in their response.

The Georgian authorities are responsible for failing to ensure [marchers’] safety and their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” Amnesty’s Denis Krivosheev said.

“The authorities have the nerve to put the responsibility for these homophobic attacks on Pride organizers, by urging them to cancel the event rather than offering protection.

“They should publicly condemn attacks against LGBTI people and Pride organizers.

“[Make it] clear that such violence is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated.”

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2 Comments

  1. Concerned Homo
    7 July 2021
    Reply

    Amazingly, we forget this goes on!
    We live in a safe bubble, and then you see this and realise it could all change in an instant. Say no to the religious freedom bill!

  2. Paul
    11 July 2021
    Reply

    Absolutely right from the comments above – Say ❌ NO to the religious freedoms bill! ⚠️

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