Levan Vasadze

Tbilisi Pride canceled due to safety breach but conservatives gather regardless

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Aleksandre Palavandishvili, one of the spokespersons for socially conservative activists who are trying to prevent Tbilisi Pride. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Organizers of Tbilisi Pride called off the queer rights march after the location was revealed online, but opponents were suspicious and mobilized anyway. The first gay rights march in the Caucasus was originally planned for [...]

First ever Pride march in the Caucasus to be held in Tbilisi on July 7 amid threats

By | July 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch--The first ever Pride march in the Caucasus region is scheduled to take place on Monday in Tbilisi, amid pressure and threats from conservatives. Both the organizers and supporters of Pride on the one hand, and socially conservative groups on the other, have announced full mobilization. Tbilisi Pride first was planned more than two weeks [...]

Tbilisi Pride to go ahead, despite threats from radicals

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Levan Vasadze warned that vigilante patrols will assemble 'if needed' and prevent Georgia's first Pride parade from going ahead. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--After much deliberation, the organizers of Tbilisi Pride have decided to go ahead with the first Pride parade in Georgia, according to  a statement released on Facebook Tuesday. "Despite existing risks, the first [...]

Georgian ultra-conservative millionaire plans to unleash vigilante patrols against Tbilisi Pride

By | June 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Levan Vasadze (center) addressing his supporters at the rally. (IPN) TBILISI, DFWatch--An ultra-conservative Georgian millionaire vows to set up vigilante patrols on the streets of Tbilisi to prevent LGBT rights activists from holding a planned pride march. "We'll establish people's squadrons. [...]  Among the crowd gathered here there are a lot of individuals with [...]

Nine detained in Tbilisi as conservatives and LGBT rights campaigners clash

By | June 15th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Levan Vasadze speaking at the counter rally. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--At least nine people were detained by police in Tbilisi at as defenders of LGBT rights clashed with conservatives on Friday. The police had to set up barriers between the two groups of protesters in order to avoid a physical confrontation. The LGBT activists gathered [...]

Proposal to prevent NGOs and media from ‘insulting traditional values’

By | December 21st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Levan Vasadze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian businessman has proposed to create a commission to prevent media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from insulting the country’s traditional values. Levan Vasadze, who formally has status as ‘knight’ […]