Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) cameraman Ilia Tvaliashvili and journalist Ani Patsia, who were injured during the July 5-6 anti-Tbilisi Pride rally in the capital, testified before the Tbilisi City Court.
Ilia Tvaliashvili asked the judge to punish those who physically assaulted him strictly. Tvaliashvili recalled the details of that day, which resulted in being visionless for ten days for him and continued seven-month medical treatment.
“I lost my vision. I go to work but I am retired. I wear glasses after this incident, I can not see without them. What can I say about the specifics of the job, everything has changed in my life. I have practically lost my function at work, I can not fulfil my duties,” Tvaliashvili told the court.
GPB Journalist Ani Patsia said the violence began after the Alt-Info member addressed the gathered crowd and mobilized the mob against LBGT community defenders.
The far-right mob attacked fifty-three journalists, including GPB cameraman Ilia Tvaliashvili and journalist Ani Patsia, during the July 5, 2021, anti-Tbilisi Pride rally in the Georgian capital. Ilia Tvaliashvili was recognized as the aggrieved party.