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European Union supports Georgian gays

2013-05-20 15:43

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Ambassadors of the Member States of the European Union accredited in Georgia have stated they were surprised at the violence that had taken place during the action against sexual minorities on May 17, in Georgian capital.


"Freedom of expression is a basic human right that should be available to everyone. It is unfortunate that a peaceful demonstration has sparked violent resistance on the part of participants of other protest. Everybody has a right to express own opinion. Tolerance towards lifestyle and thoughts of others is the basis of European and international values," said in a statement by the European ambassadors.

Recall, last Friday in Tbilisi, during the attack of a large group of citizens on the participants of the action to protect the rights of sexual minorities 28 people suffered, 14 of whom were hospitalized. This information was announced by the Georgian Health Minister David Sergienko, the Interfax reported.

"Among the injured there is one female journalist, whose head was smashed with a blunt object," said the Minister.

According to Georgian media, several hundred opponents of the action of sexual minorities continued the protest in a few places on Rustaveli Avenue on Friday night despite calls from the police and clergy.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili has issued a statement condemning the violence against participants of the gay pride parade, stressing that freedom of assembly is fundamental freedom of the democracy.

According to him, "violence, discrimination and restriction of rights is unacceptable, and anyone who commits such acts will be punished under the law."

In turn, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II stated in a televised address that the Church did not tolerate the violence.

"A man may fall into a sin. We should note that is a sin. No religion can justify this sin. However, we can express the pain of our hearts, but not to interfere in their personal life. I hope that things will settle down, and I call on both sides to leave the streets, go home and pray for each other," Ilia II said.

The actions of supporters and opponents of the LGBT community in Tbilisi continued the next day, Saturday: several hundred defenders of the rights of sexual minorities and their opponents gathered outside the government. Law enforcement officers arranged a cordon between the members of the protest actions and managed to defuse the situation timely.

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