A Georgian TV cameraman has died after being fatally beaten by a far-right gang during a protest at an LGBTQ Pride march.
The 37-year-old cameraman was named Alexander Lashkarava who worked for an independent TV station called Pirveli who reported that he was found dead in his bed this morning.
Alexander sustained facial injuries after he was assaulted by an anti-LGBTQ mob on Monday. On that day alone, there was over 50 journalists attacked by anti-LGBTQ groups at the Pride march, which was cancelled for safety concerns.
According to Reporters Without Borders, journalists sustained concussions, chemical burns and broken arms following the violence that broke out at the protests.
An investigation has been opened into Alexander’s death while rights activists have demanded Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s resignation.
Garibashvili’s government has been accused of orchestrating a violent campaign against journalists while TV Pirveli’s news editor Nodar Meladze stated, “The government not only encourages violence against journalists, it is part of the violence,” while adding, “The government has set up violent groups to attack independent media,”.
Garibashvili has also faced criticism for speaking out against the Pride march while describing it as “unacceptable for a large segment of Georgian society.”