Businessman promises anti-LGBT activists will not patrol in Tbilisi

Businessman Levan Vasadze said he hopes Tbilisi Pride will not be held. Photo: 1TV., 18 Jun 2019 - 10:49, Tbilisi,Georgia

Businessman Levan Vasadze, who had earlier called for anti-LGBT activists to form ‘patrols’ to prevent events for Tbilisi Pride, says no such groups will be formed for now.

The decision came after the statement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs earlier yesterday, saying that the formation of such groups is illegal.

We cancel patrolling as we respect our Ministry of Internal Affairs. We hope that no LGBT events will take place. If this happens, we will stand where we must stand [to defend traditional values],” Vasadze said.

The organisers of Tbilisi Pride will say later today whether the event will be held.

Tbilisi Pride was scheduled to take place between 18 and 23.

Read more about Tbilisi Pride and rallies regarding the issue here.