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Thousands of anti-gay thugs attack Georgia IDAHO rally, 16 injured

Thousands of anti-gay thugs attack Georgia IDAHO rally, 16 injured

Thousands of anti-gay activists have attacked LGBT rights campaigners in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi today (17 May).

A small group of LGBT people were attending a rally for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) when they were overwhelmed.

GSN believes 16 of them were injured.

Anti-gay activists arrived at the rally hours before the IDAHO supporters. They broke through the barricades and held signs reading ‘Stop homosexual propaganda in Georgia’.

LGBT discriminator Zaza Davitaia told RFERL: ‘I give my support to those who are gathered here. We are against a rally that contradicts our Georgian morals and traditions.

‘They [LGBT people] receive financial support from some organizations abroad and they wanted to hold a demonstration against Georgian morals.’

Georgia’s Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II previously slammed the IDAHO rally saying it would be ‘an insult’ to Georgian tradition.

The mayor’s office made it clear yesterday that organizing a rally was a constitutional right in the eastern European country. They ordered the Interior Ministry to protect gay activists during the rally.

And the Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili said ‘[Sexual minorities] have the same rights as any other social groups in Georgia.’

Some policemen were injured as they protected the IDAHO community and helped them escape the violence in buses.

Anti-gay activists smashed the bus windows with bins and sticks as they tried to leave.

See RFERL’s photo gallery here.