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Gathering today to condemn Friday’s violence

by | May 18, 2013
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Priests removing the police barricades Friday. (Click to enlarge.) (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–After the violence yesterday, a gathering is planned today Saturday outside the government building on Ingorokva Street 7 at 15:00 to condemn what happened.

Organizers say the goal is to condemn the violence by clerics and others who confronted the LGBT activists who wanted to hold a flash mob to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.

“We also demand to identify and punish the guilty,” the Facebook event explanation reads.

Clerics and parishioners of the Orthodox Church prevented LGBT activists from carrying out the flash mob event. Thousands of counter-demonstrators attacked a few tens of LGBT activists, whom the police barely managed to get away from the premises, but still the clashes led to more than 20 injured.

A support rally organized by youth was held in Kutaisi, Georgia’s second largest city, on Friday.

One of the organizers, Giorgi Kldiashvili, told local media that an unknown group of people dispersed their peaceful rally.

“We were protesting what happened in Tbilisi. Some people came and dispersed our rally, took and tore our posters. There were insults and attempts at physical abuse. Police wasn’t acting adequately,” he said.

Later, rally participants moved to the parliament building in Kutaisi. About twenty people participated.



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