Georgia: Tbilisi Pride Cancelled Amid Violent Protests

Georgia: Tbilisi Pride Cancelled Amid Violent Protests

LGBT activists in Georgia have canceled a gay rights event after far-right protesters stormed their office.

Andrew H. Sweet

Journalists and activists were also attacked ahead of the planned march in the capital Tbilisi, local reports say.

"We cannot risk human lives and take to the streets, which are full of violent attackers," Tbilisi Pride announced.

The attacks have been condemned by several embassies, who have called for authorities to stop the violence.

Activists had organized five days of Pride events, but in a statement, Tbilisi Pride said local authorities had "not only failed to secure the safety of the queer community and our supporters, but actively hampered us from exercising the right of assembly" ahead of the planned march.

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