Georgian TV Cameraman Dies, Was Injured Amid Anti-LGBT Violence

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7/11/21

A Georgian TV cameraman who was among dozens of journalists attacked by a right-wing mob during a melee aimed at LGBT campaigners has died. Co-workers of Lekso Lashkarava said on July 11 that he had died, apparently of injuries suffered during the violence six days earlier, but provided no further details. Lashkarava’s employer, Pirveli TV, said that his body was found at his Tbilisi home by his mother on July 11. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that an investigation had been opened into his death. Lashkarava, 37, was one of nearly 60 journalists and other media workers who were attacked on July 5 when hundreds of people took to the streets of Tbilisi to block a planned LGBT parade. Two RFE/RL reporters were among those injured. The chaos, which included mobs scaling the building where the organizers of the Tbilisi Pride parade have their headquarters, drew criticism from press advocates and foreign governments.

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