Right-wing groups take over protest space, burn EU and LGBT flags after solidarity demonstrators, reporters escorted out by police

Demonstrators of the right-wing counter-protest seen outside the parliament after taking over the space late in the night. Photo: Nino Alavidze/agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 07 Jul 2021 - 00:39, Tbilisi,Georgia

Violent right-wing groups took over the protest space outside the Parliament of Georgia and burned the European Union and LGBT  flags, after the peaceful rally against violent events of the previous day, as well as media crews, were escorted by law enforcement away from Rustaveli Avenue.

After hours of tension, attacks by the right-wing groups on police, and injuries caused by rocks and pieces of iron bars thrown from their ranks in direction of law enforcement and the silent protest across the road, the developments of the night seemed to have come to a close.

With participants of the solidarity rally - which included political opposition, independent citizens and queer activists - having left the space outside the parliament venue, and journalists having been moved by officers away from the site, the aggressive groups of the counter-demonstration again took over the location.