The Ministry of Internal Affairs has called on Tbilisi Pride to call off the march scheduled for 6 p.m. today, due to security risks caused by the counter rally of right-wing groups and the patriarchate.
Individuals gathered at the counter rally on Rustaveli Avenue in central Tbilisi attacked and insulted journalists and obstructed their professional activities.
An investigation has been launched into the incidents, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced.
The final event of Tbilisi Pride carries risks regarding the safety of persons involved in the event. The organisers of the event have repeatedly been informed about the risks…We call on the participants of Tbilisi Pride to refrain from holding the march in a public space”, reads the statement of the Interior Ministry.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs calls on ‘those gathered on Rustaveli Avenue to observe law and order, adhere to the lawful requests of the police and exercise their right of expression in full compliance of the law.’
Any fact of violation will be strictly and immediately responded by the representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs”, says the statement of the Interior Ministry.
The Ombudswoman Nino Lomjaria responded to the violent events against journalists on the counter protest and called on the Ministry of Internal Affairs to stop the ongoing violence in public space, which poses a ‘threat to the lives and health of citizens.’
Tbilisi Pride organisers announced yesterday that the march will take place on July 5, with the announcement of the final plan in the first half of the day, stating that the organising team is working on security issues.
More than 20 people from right-wing groups have been detained during counter-protests in recent days.
Tbilisi Pride week started on July 1 and is planned to end with a ‘march of dignity’ later today.