The 25 ambassadors of EU countries call the desecration of the EU flag an alarming fact
New messages regarding the events of July 5-6 are heard almost continuously from the West. Punishing those responsible for attacking journalists is the main call of all statements.
The chairman of the Helsinki Commission, US Senator Ben Cardin, called the incident “shocking” and said:
“The perpetrators of this homophobic violence, as well as those responsible for the death of cameraman Alexander Lashkarava, must be held criminally liable. It is shameful that Georgian Dream leaders are trying to divert attention by condemning professional journalists who were just doing their job.” – says Senator Cardin in an interview with VOA.
Prior to that, there was a statement by EU member states, signed by their diplomats in Georgia. The 25 ambassadors call the desecration of the EU flag an alarming fact. This is stated in a joint letter sent to the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The prosecutor did not say how many clerics are being investigated in the July 5 case
Dozens of witnesses have been questioned in connection with the July 5 violence in the streets of Tbilisi. RFE / RL inquired whether the clerics, who were in large numbers at last Monday’s rally and were speaking, were among them.
Prosecutor Levan Vepkhvadze does not answer the question of Radio Liberty how many clergymen have been interrogated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the case of the July 5 violence.
“Investigative actions continue and all persons involved in this case will be interrogated” – This is how he answered the question about the clergy.
Yesterday, another defendant, Giorgi Magradze, was sentenced to pre-trial detention by the court. He is detained for beating Ilia Tvaliashvili, the cameraman of the Public Broadcaster. He has chemical eye burns and severe headaches as a result of the attack.
Defendant says he has no connection to any of the violent groups. What else did he say at the trial Read it here.
Exchange or pardon? – Neither one nor the other
Two days have passed since the release of Zaza Gakheladze. The quarrel in his family is not over yet. Zaza did not even manage to tell the news of Tskhinvali prison and release to his family members.
He learned 1 hour before his release on July 14 that he had to pack his luggage. However, in the morning, the Red Cross delivered a parcel to him in Tskhinvali prison and talked to his family via Skype. His wife, Irma Butkhuz, knew nothing, and in the afternoon, de facto president Anatoly Bibilov issued an act of pardon.
According to the “Res” agency, Zaza Gakheladze’s one-year imprisonment actually ended with an exchange. He was exchanged for Vadim Gobozov, a Russian citizen detained on the territory of Georgia.
The Prime Minister of Georgia avoids talking about the exchange. Irakli Gharibashvili answered the question of Radio Liberty as follows:
“You will hear many versions. I beg you not to listen to the versions anymore, we will look at the result. The result is that Zaza is free. “
Apparently, Vadim Gobozov did not know that Zaza Gakheladze was exchanged. De facto South Ossetian TV station Irma broadcast footage of de facto president Anatoly Bibilov meeting with Vadim Gobozov, who was released from prison in Georgia. According to Ossetian media reports on July 14, Zaza Gakheladze was exchanged for Gobozov.
Under what circumstances was Gakheladze released? Read the details In the article by Goga Aptsiauri.
Tamar Gabunia: We started thinking about restricting entertainment events
According to the Deputy Minister of Health of Georgia Tamar Gabunia, according to the statistics, the epidemiological situation in Georgia is deteriorating and without active intervention in the process, the virus will spread even more. According to Tamar Gabunia, the first resource of active intervention is the rapid pace of the vaccination process, and the second – the personal protection of citizens. The deputy minister said that the government is already thinking about restricting entertainment activities.
“I understand, it is summer, resorts have been opened, entertainment events are being held. At a fun event, people are not in the mood to wear a mask and keep their distance, but it will not work out that way. We will have to talk again about limiting entertainment activities. We have already started thinking about it “ – said Tamar Gabunia.
The curfew was one of the last restrictions imposed by the Georgian government against the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia. The “curfew” was abolished on July 1.
Georgian citizen’s healthcare costs more than the European average – WHO
The European Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) has published a report according to which the share of out-of-pocket payments for healthcare in Georgia exceeds the average of the WHO European countries. Out-of-pocket payments include expenses incurred by the family for any medical services or products.
The reason for this is mainly the money spent on medicines – universal health care includes limited funding for medicines, and the prices of medicines are high. In addition, for the first time in Georgia, people do not trust health care and prefer to go directly to a specialist, avoiding a family doctor, which is ultimately more expensive.
No one has been arrested so far for damaging the LGBT installation in Dedaeni Garden on May 15
The Interior Ministry has so far not arrested any of the people who damaged the LGBT installation on May 15 in Dedaeni Garden. It has been two months since this incident.
During these two months, the same individuals (including Guram Palavandishvili), who appear in RFE / RL footage, also planned to disrupt the “march of honor” of LGBT groups for homophobic reasons. The march did not take place – on this day, July 5, members of a violent group physically and verbally assaulted at least 53 journalists.
On May 15, one of the leaders of the hate groups, Guram Palavandishvili, damaged an LGBT installation and insulted some activists. The police were standing there, but neither Palavandishvili was held administratively nor criminally liable.
Charles Michel arrives in Georgia
The President of the European Council Charles Michel will pay another official visit to Georgia – the information was confirmed by the Chairman of the Georgian Dream, Irakli Kobakhidze.
The visit is expected to be scheduled for July 19, according to Radio Liberty, Charles Michel will take part in an international conference in Batumi.
Irakli Kobakhidze said that during the visit the ruling team will provide the President of the European Council with full information about the events of July 5 and the response of the government to the facts of violence.
“In connection with July 5, we will also provide Charles Michel with full information on what risks were expected, what risks were calculated, how the law enforcement agencies acted. We will provide information on everything, including how the state has reacted since then, unfortunately, this violence has already been committed. There is talk of further responses, specific arrests and investigations that are still ongoing. We will provide full information on this to Charles Michel, as well as to other partners. “ – said Irakli Kobakhidze.
It is dangerous on the street, it is dangerous at home – how the life of the stones has changed
For the past four years Sandro has felt safe in his apartment. Even in the district, everyone seemed to be accustomed to her colorful, different attire and earrings. After preparing for the “March of Dignity” – Tbilisi Pride, everything turned upside down – he had to leave Sandro’s house and hang out with friends. He was in a store with friends a few days ago when a homophobic assailant attacked him. Attacks have also intensified in the trans-community, where due to increased violence, transgender people, the only source of income for people, have become dangerous to sex-work life. Stone people tell RFE / RL how their lives have changed over the past month.
Sandro (name has been changed) and his two boyfriends – a loving couple – entered the store to buy cigarettes when they were attacked by an unknown man:
“We started swearing because my friend was doing a” choker “. Pidarastebo, you got oil, you cut your throat, as soon as the threat started. Then when we came out, my friend asked for a cigarette and when he refused, he started arguing with them, beating me. My friend fell down, got in the other middle, tried to strangle her. We briefly avoided this situation and went to the subway. No one intervened – one to twenty men stood up and shouted in unison. Neither the store staff intervened. “Everyone was very happy” – Sandro recalls.
How do stony people deal with the onslaught of aggression and increased violence in Tbilisi? Read more Read Tamuna Chkareuli in the article.
More than a million people saw and heard the unexpected, already high-profile appeal of Ana Khunashvili, a resident of the Kedeli community, to the Archbishop of Bodbe, Iakob Iakobishvili.