Georgian PM Condemns Yesterday’s Violence

Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from The Georgian Times:

"Following the violence today against activists marking the International Day against Homophobia in Tbilisi, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has issued a call for tolerance and respect for the democratic rights of all Georgian citizens to freedom of expression and assembly - Government of Georgia published the PM's statement. "The right to gather peacefully and to freely express one's opinion is fundamental to our democracy. Every Georgian citizen benefits fully and equally from this right. Acts of violence, discrimination and restriction of the rights of others will not be tolerated, and any perpetrators of such acts will be dealt with according to the law," said the Prime Minister. More than 2000 police officers had been deployed to prevent clashes between the small contingent of LGBT demonstrators and counter-demonstrators. They were however overwhelmed by the turn-out of several thousand counter-demonstrators, some of whom engaged in violence, broke through the police cordons and attempted to physically assault the LBGT representatives. In order to ensure the security of the rally participants, special forces transported them to an alternative location.

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