A Pride parade that was due to take place in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi has been cancelled after LGBTQ activists’ offices were stormed and ransacked, according to activists.
Photos and videos were uploaded to social media which shows a mob breaking into the offices as well as tearing up a Pride flag outside the Tbilisi Pride premises.
Police arrested 20 people a few days ago at a far right protest that attempted to disrupt the launch of Pride Week in the city.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the parliament building in Tbilisi with the march organiser Giorgi Tabagari stating on AFP news that he hoped it would be of “historic importance and demonstrate that attitudes towards sexual minorities are fortunately transforming in Georgia”.
With several Pride events already taking place in Georgia in recent years, authorities have promised to protect the marchers.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili told a Cabinet meeting that the event risked creating “civil confrontation” while accusing former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and his opposition movement ‘United National Movement’ of organising the march in an attempt to create unrest in the country.
In response to this statement, Tabagari tweeted that the statement was shameful and highly irresponsible.
PM @GharibashviliGe just stated that #TbilisiPride21 is organized by Mikheil Saakashvili and UNM.. unbelievable!— Giorgi Tabagari (@Tabagari) July 5, 2021
Shameful statement and highly irresponsible of PM, it only worsens the already tense situation. #Georgia