RSF denounces attack on reporters at anti-Tbilisi Pride rally
RSF denounces attack on reporters at anti-Tbilisi Pride rally

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces massive attacks on reporters at the anti-Tbilisi Pride rally.

RSF calls on the authorities to condemn and shed full light on all assaults.

“At least a dozen journalists were attacked this morning as far-right protesters against forthcoming Tbilisi Pride have hit the streets of the capital centre. RSF denounces this massive attack and calls on the authorities to condemn and shed full light on all assaults,” RSF stressed.

Today, the ultranationalist groups rallied on Rustaveli avenue hours before the Tbilisi Pride march. They aggressively thwarted reporters to do their work.

The tension mounted as they stormed the Pride office. Rioters hiked up the second-floor balcony of the building as the police blocked the main door. They removed the LGBTQ Pride colours, burnt them and hang the Georgian national flag.

Georgian Interior Ministry (MIA) urged Tbilisi Pride Week organizers to cancel the March of Dignity since various protesting groups were holding counter-rallies on Rustaveli avenue.  MIA reported on increased security risks.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili also echoed the march, saying that “it is inappropriate as it poses a threat of civil strife.”

Hours after the clashes, Tbilisi Pride cancelled the March of Dignity, the final event of Tbilisi Pride Week, saying that “the authorities did not ensure the security of the community.”

Tbilisi Pride Week kicked off on July 1.

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