Opponents of LGBT disrupted the Tbilisi Pride festival in the capital of Georgia. Pride participants had to be evacuated by car.
“We had to leave the territory. Law enforcement officers failed to provide protection. The evacuation was carried out by fixed-route taxis. Please do not come to the festival grounds,” the organizers said.
According to them, policemen were present at the scene, but they did not try to interfere with those who came to disrupt Tbilisi Pride.
“Today’s events indicate that the attack was pre-agreed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the radical group Alt-info,” LGBT supporters are sure.
For several weeks, the organizers of the pride have been negotiating with representatives of law enforcement agencies. The Ministry of Internal Affairs gave them guarantees of protection, Mtavari Channel reports.
“Fundamentally contradicts Georgian culture”
The LGBT community festival was supposed to start at 16:00 (15:00 Moscow time) at the Fox Lake. Entrance was possible only by registration and only for adults.
Even before the start of the event, several people were detained while trying to break through the cordon and get into the closed territory of Tbilisi Pride. Most of the supporters of the conservative Alt-Info movement still managed to get to the lake, despite the presence of the police. Activists destroyed the stage of the festival and burned part of the inventory. The organizers had to flee.
As Izvestia correspondent Giorgi Dzhabishvili reported, opponents of the pride initially gathered at the monument to the Georgian writer Vazhe-Pshavela. Moreover, people from all over the country came there, not only from the capital.
The Georgian Patriarchate has already commented on the dispersal of the pride, emphasizing that it opposes violence, but LGBT movements “are fundamentally contrary to Georgian culture.”
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has been urging the police since morning to ensure “protection of the constitutionally protected freedom of speech and self-expression of the participants”. According to Sputnik. Near Abroad”, she even sent her human rights adviser to take part in the festival. Already after the dispersal of the event, the politician stated that law enforcement officers of the republic could not guarantee the safety of the participants. She also accused the ruling Georgian Dream party of pushing “radical groups” to disrupt the event.
According to Vzglyad, British Ambassador to Georgia Mark Clayton said he was “shocked” by the events in Tbilisi and called on the authorities to punish all those who “hindered the holding of a peaceful assembly with their aggressive actions.”
How Georgia treats LGBT propaganda
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“Of course, everyone has the right to choose a lifestyle, we do not interfere in anyone’s work or personal life, but, on the other hand, the boundless propaganda that takes place in foreign kindergartens and schools is absolutely unacceptable for me,” he said, expressing confidence that this “won’t happen” in Georgian educational institutions.
Gharibashvili also called immoral LGBT propaganda carried out in the McDonald’s restaurant chain in Georgia. In the children’s menu there appeared a gift biography book of singer Elton John, which details his marriage to a man and their children. All books were confiscated after the scandal.
Repeat of July 2021
In July 2021, thousands of people protested against the “March of Dignity”, which was planned to be organized by LGBT representatives in Tbilisi. Supporters of traditional values broke into the office of the Tbilisi Pride organization and tore down the rainbow flags. During the brawl, more than fifty journalists were injured, whom local residents accused of supporting LGBT people, and one foreigner with an earring in his ear. He was stabbed twice.
A week before the crackdown, a documentary film was shown in Tbilisi as part of Pride Week, which spoke about the life of LGBT activists in the country. The event was attended by the ambassadors of Great Britain, France, Germany and Israel, as well as a representative of the US Embassy. The last activists threw eggs and plastic bottles.