The head of the ruling Georgian Dream party Irakli Kobakhidze says that the organisers of Tbilisi Pride should not have planned the events 'considering the current situation in the country and the context.’
Kobakhidze told TV Pirveli yesterday that ‘it would be a responsible decision by the organisers of Tbilisi Pride to cancel the events. However, what can we do?’
He stated that ‘it is his personal view because the context is very complex,’ adding that ‘It is not because I am trying to please the church. The church does not need my support.’
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Vasadze said that the events, which aim to boost the public’s awareness of LGBT issues, will lead to destabilisation like in previous years.
We give time to the government until June 25 to cancel the events, otherwise people will react to the government’s decision,” Vasadze said.
He stated that Tbilisi Pride events and march on Rustaveli Avenue in central Tbilisi on July 5 will not take place anyway because people will gather there and will not allow the ‘anti-Christian and anti-Georgian’ activities.
Tbilisi Pride organisers stated earlier this week that the government is ‘always indifferent’ to LGBT issues and the violations of rights of sexual minorities.’