Georgia: Orthodox Christians clash with gay activists in Tbilisi
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||17 May 2012|
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May 17, 2012
Some 200 activists of a Georgian Orthodox antihomosexual group attacked gay activists in Tbilisi on May 17, during an event to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.
Police had to intervene to stop the clashes between Orthodox Parents' Union activists and gay rights defenders.
There were no reports of serious injuries.
Tbilisi city authorities had sanctioned the gathering organized by nongovernmental organization Identity and gay rights defenders.
Earlier on May 17, Georgian Ombudsman Georgy Tugushi called on his compatriots, the, media, and politicians to show understanding for the problems faced by sexual minorities in the country.
May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia.
Based on reporting by Novosti-Gruziya and Interfax