Twelve individuals have been detained earlier today for trying to disrupt film screening on the first day of Tbilisi Pride.
Tbilisi Pride, a civic movement which opposes homo/transphobia and fights to overcome it through exercising the constitutional right of assembly and manifestation, has scheduled Tbilisi Pride for July 1-5.
Tbilisi Pride has tweeted:
The Georgian Interior Ministry has released a statement earlier today, promising to ensure the safety measures during the pride by maintaining the rule of law and ensuring the right to the freedom of expression and assembly of each person.
The interior ministry has tweeted:
Statement of Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding preventive measures planned by the agency in connection with the scheduled events within the framework of “Tbilisi Pride” Week.https://t.co/zNr7y6HRrk— MIA of Georgia (@MIAofGeorgia) July 1, 2021
Georgian Public Defender Nino Lomjaria said that the statements made by far-right and violent groups, containing threats against the LGBT+ community and their supporters, need special attention and appropriate legal response.
Public Defender’s Statement on March of Dignity https://t.co/KDhcEKmCwN— Ombudsman of Georgia (@Ombudsman_Geo) July 1, 2021
Foreign officials have meanwhile expressed their support and solidarity to Tbilisi Pride.
European Union lead spokesperson Peter Stano has tweeted:
Georgia: ???????? underlines the importance of ensuring and respecting fundamental rights & freedoms for all - including freedom of assembly for LGBTIQ+ in ????????. #Tolerance is a key European value #Pride2021 https://t.co/lxDFsMCh9G— Peter Stano (@ExtSpoxEU) July 1, 2021
Ambassador of the United Kingdom Mark Clayton says 'the right to live with dignity, free from violence & discrimination is universal'.
დავესწარი ???????? ფილმის ჩვენებას. ???????? LGBT+ თემი იბრძვის თავისუფლებისა და თანასწორობის იმავე ხარისხისთვის რაც სხვებს აქვთ. ღირსეული, ძალადობისგან & დისკრიმინაციისგან თავისუფალი ცხოვრების უფლება უნივერსალურია. მივესალმები სამართალდამცავთა ძალისხმევას რომ ჩვენებას მშვიდობიანად ჩაევლო. https://t.co/LUvGNtz3ax— Mark Clayton (@MarkClaytonFCDO) July 1, 2021
Ambassador of France Diego Colas has meanwhile hailed a 'very professional handling of the evening by law enforcement'.
Beautiful event, inspiring movie about ????️???? rights and more broadly about HR, diversity, modernity in ????????.— Diégo Colas (@ColasDiego) July 1, 2021
Very professional handling of the evening by law enforcement.
Congratulations to all. https://t.co/GGjAyrtOYc
Queer activists and a co-founder of Tbilisi Pride Tamaz Sozashvili has thanked everyone for support on the first day of the pride amid the violence from homophobic groups.
???? Thank you all for your support! Love will always win! ✊❤️????️???? https://t.co/Zn457imGjJ— Tamaz Sozashvili (@TamazSozashvili) July 1, 2021