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US condemns dispersal of gay pride parade in Tbilisi

2013-05-21 16:13

The U.S. has condemned the crackdown of the action of sexual minorities, held on May 17 in Tbilisi. Acting Deputy Department of State spokesman Patrick Ventrella made a statement on the morning briefing on May 20 when answering a question of the TV Rustavi-2 reporter, the IA Regnum reports.


"The United States condemns the attack on the peaceful rally to mark the International Day Against Homophobia in Tbilisi. Such acts of intolerance have no place in a democratic society," said Ventrella.

According to him, the United States attaches great importance to protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Meanwhile, the EU calls on the Government of Georgia to comply with the European standards. The EU Delegation to Georgia on behalf of the EU Member States has issued a statement in connection with the events of May 17 in Tbilisi.

"The heads of missions of the EU member states are angered by aggressive intolerance manifested by some demonstrators on May 17 and disgraceful scenes of violence, the aim of which was to hinder other citizens to peacefully express their views. The EU believes that the freedom of expression of every person is crucial, as has often been claimed. The EU believes in the need to combat discrimination on all grounds, including sexual orientation, as well as to promote tolerance as the basis of a peaceful and democratic society. The EU urges the Georgian government to comply with international European standards of dignity, equality and freedom, to defend the rights of all its citizens by all available means," said in a statement.


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