Tbilisi Pride Forges Ahead, 23 Counterprotesters Detained

 | 
07/02/2021

Tbilisi Pride Week began on July 1 with a screening of the “March for Dignity” documentary about the LGBTQ rights struggle in Georgia, with activists, LGBTQ allies, and foreign diplomats, including British, French, German, and Israeli in attendance. The event moved ahead as far-right and ultraconservative groups, including businessman-turned-politician Levan Vasadze affiliated counterprotesters, descended upon the opening with a disruption attempt, leading to 23 arrests as they threw eggs, plastic bottles and clashed with the police. As the guests were arriving, some of the counterprotesters attempted to break through a police cordon. Shame Movement, which co-organizes the Week, said its activist Sopio Kuchava was assaulted and hit in the abdomen, and the attacker was then arrested, while Tbilisi Pride reported that a U.S. Embassy representative was egged. The hate groups again attempted to break through the police lines near the conclusion of the event. No reports of major injuries or hospitalizations emerged throughout the evening, however.

Regions: ,

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 05/29/2024
05/28/2024
A new report details a wave of attacks on gay men in France carried out by young perpetrators using hook-up apps to lure their …
Added on: 05/29/2024
05/28/2024
As the LGBTQ+ community continues to face discriminatory legislation across the country, there are also a number of active court cases making their way …
Added on: 05/29/2024
05/28/2024
Pope Francis has apologized for using an anti-gay slur during a meeting with bishops. The 87-year-old pontiff reportedly made the homophobic remark in a …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from ,

Added on: 05/29/2024
A new report details a wave of attacks on gay men in France carried out by young perpetrators using hook-up apps to lure their …
Added on: 05/29/2024
Pope Francis has apologized for using an anti-gay slur during a meeting with bishops. The 87-year-old pontiff reportedly made the homophobic remark in a …
Added on: 05/28/2024
Pope Francis used an offensive gay slang word during a meeting with Italian bishops, where he joked about the number of gay men in …