US DoS calls on Georgian gov’t to protect freedom of expression amid violent attacks

Right-wing counter protesters in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi on July 5. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 07 Jul 2021 - 11:37, Tbilisi,Georgia

The US Department of State has called on Georgian leaders and law enforcement ‘to protect the constitutional right to freedom of expression’ following violent attacks against journalists and civic activists at the Tbilisi Pride counter rally by right-wing protesters on July 5. 

We condemn the violent attacks in Georgia that took place on July 5 on civic activists, on community members, on journalists…Georgians, as do people around the world, have a right to express their views, even when in a particular context they may be seen as unpopular or controversial,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.  

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price has tweeted: