Priest Lead Mob That Attacks Gay Rights Activists in Tbilisi, Georgia

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Violence erupted during a peaceful celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHoT marchers) in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday. The peaceful IDAHO demonstrators were met by 10,000 anti-gay marchers, lead by Orthodox Priests, which resulted in at least 28 people injured. In a statement on Thursday, Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said that “LGBTI rights are human rights,” and the country’s government is “committed to upholding the rights of all of its citizens.”

Andre Banks, Executive Director and Co-Founder of All Out said. “Today’s violence, which was allegedly led by faith leaders, proves how far Georgia is from ensuring that no citizen has to sacrifice their safety or dignity because of who they are or who they love. More than 1.5 million All Out members from every country in the world, including Georgia, are tired of seeing lesbian, gay, bi, trans people violently attacked. The Georgian police have an obligation under international law to protect lesbian, gay, and bi people from violence.”

He went on to say: “All Out applauds Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili for recognizing the human dignity of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and intersex people on Thursday,” Banks said, “But clearly words are not enough in Georgia. The Prime Minister of Georgia needs to make sure those who lead the attacks against IDAHoT demonstrators our held accountable for their actions.”

Video and photos over at Russia Today.  

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