Violence in the Name of Orthodoxy – Where is the government?
Ignoring the Constitution, discrediting Western values, mass beatings of journalists and loyalty to the perpetrators, the “March of Dignity” was postponed to July 5 in Tbilisi.
Politicians and human rights activists are discussing the events of July 5 as part of a deliberate plan to remove Georgia from Western orbit and strengthen pro-Russian influence.
As a result of the events on Monday, about 50 members of the media were injured. The media waited for several hours for news from the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the detainees, but at the end of the day it became known that only 8 people were detained. All of them in an administrative manner.
At first glance, the state seemed to acknowledge its weakness and said it could not protect the constitutional rights of the Tbilisi Pride organizers; However, the statements of high-ranking government officials also made it clear to many that the state did not, in fact, stop the violence and acted in the interests of the violent groups and the patriarchate.
Indifference or helping the abusers? Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
Police have arrested a man accused of injuring a tourist
As a result of the mass attacks on the streets of Tbilisi on July 5, the Ministry of Internal Affairs released information about the arrest of a suspect in one case. The case concerns a Polish tourist who was wounded in the street with a cold weapon.
“On July 5, on K. Khetagurov Street in Tbilisi, G.Kh., a foreign citizen, was suddenly attacked and injured with a cold weapon. The injured man was taken to the hospital by the ambulance brigade. G.K. was arrested at the scene. “According to the family members of the detainee, he has mental problems”, – It is written in the statement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“Formula” reports based on an eyewitness that the rapists wounded a tourist who was wearing earrings on Khetagurov Street. He names homophobic attitudes as the probable cause of the crime.
The tourist had wounds on his chest. After the operation, he undergoes treatment in the surgical department.
Reverend Shio: The more attempts there are, the more times the nation will be united
Reverend Shio, co-patriarch of the Patriarch, Metropolitan of Senaki and Chkhorotsku, proposes that the notion of insulting religious and national feelings be enshrined in law.
The co-patriarch’s co-chair said on July 5, after homophobic groups opposed to Pride Week attacked journalists and did not allow the Pride organizers to hold a “March of Dignity”, after a service in Kashveti:
“Our nation has one of the hardest trials we are witnessing today. We see this both around the world and in our country. It is a confusion of concepts. , So called – in the so-called March of Dignity, our nation and church will never get used to it. United. “
Responses to facts of mass beatings by hate groups
At the end of the day, the events in Tbilisi were followed by responses inside and outside the country. The statement was issued by Amnesty International and blamed the government for failing to ensure the safety of LGBT people and journalists.
“It was a very bad day for Georgia and I think the Prime Minister should resign, but I do not think he will do it.” – Says David Kramer, a former senior State Department official and researcher at Florida International University, in an interview with VOA. According to Kramer, the Georgian government not only condemned the event, but even supported it.
The violence was condemned yesterday by the diplomatic corps. Statement by the United Nations Observer Mission in Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United Nations :
“Those who incite or threaten to commit violence or commit acts of violence prevent Georgian law enforcers from ensuring a peaceful and secure environment. They must be brought to justice in full compliance with the rule of law. “
MEP Viola von Cramon responded to the incident on Twitter. “Georgia’s constitution guarantees peaceful assembly and expression. The country has an obligation to protect this freedom. When violent groups attack journalists and LGBT + people while the government is watching, it is a dangerous sign of the overthrow of the rule of law,” he said. Writes the MEP.
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The Green Alternative for Communication for the Survival of the Rioni Valley cuts off communication with the movement
An environmental NGO, Green Alternative, which has been actively supporting the anti-Namakhvani protest, has issued a statement after Rioni Valley defenders joined a rally against Tbilisi Pride. The statement said that they will continue to fight against the construction of the HPP, although the “Rioni Valley Defenders” can no longer be considered as comrades.
“Green Alternative was against the construction of Namakhvan HPP before the formation of this public movement and will continue this resistance. Unfortunately for us, the “Rioni Valley Defenders”, who we considered to be allies in this resistance, took a completely unacceptable position regarding the Pride, and by participating in today’s human rights violation action, they discredited the entire resistance movement. “Thus, the Green Alternative ceases to communicate with the movement for the ‘survival of the Rioni Valley,'” the statement said.
They followed me and beat me – a Radio Liberty reporter describes the attack on journalists
RFE / RL reporter Tamuna Chkareuli is among more than 40 journalists injured today. He covered the hate groups that took to the streets as a result of the calls of the Patriarchate and various radical organizations against “Tbilisi Pride”.
Tamuna quickly recounts where and how she witnessed the violence and how she escaped the threat.
Tamuna, you were injured while working with the Parliament today. Why did you find yourself in danger of being able to understand for strangers that you were a journalist?
Before going to the report, I put on a Radio Liberty T-shirt and wore a protective helmet. I thought if they saw that I was a media representative, I would be safer, I would not be attacked and the police would be more mobilized, but the opposite happened.
On Rustaveli, where people gathered, the situation was almost the same as on “Family Purity Day”: women, children, clerics, Chokhos danced and walked.
When did the aggression start?
Passed a moped girl who, at first glance, stood out from the crowd of protesters. Aggressive men gathered around the girl. I arrived when I heard the girl screaming, I heard swearing, I saw that the police were there too. I was filming this scene when a guy grabbed me by the hand and the phone rang.
Read more about Ani Burdul interview.