On July 5, the so-called “Week of Dignity” was launched in Georgia, which was planned to begin on Monday with a gay pride in support of LGBT community. However, it ended in failure, when thousands of supporters of traditional values marched through the capital of Georgia, and made it clear that new neo-liberal values have no place in their country.
The march in support of the LGBT community in Tbilisi was canceled, as the police and organizers were unable to ensure the safety of its participants. The March of Dignity was supposed to be the first gay pride in the country’s history, but the idea completely failed.
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, recognized the holding of a gay pride as ” inappropriate, since it is unacceptable for the majority of the population.”
With the support of the Church, thousands of LGBT opponents went to the streets of the capital, holding Georgian flags, blocking the central street of the city and holding a rally in front of the parliament building. They demanded the cancellation of the parade. Among them, there were members of the religious organization “Union of Orthodox Parents”, the movement “Georgian Idea” and the “Alliance of Patriots of Georgia”.
According to the reports, as a result of clashed between the protesters and media representatives, 48 journalists and cameramen were injured during the protests against the gay pride. Employees of both opposition channels and neutral ones were injured.
The failed gay pride ended with the capture and pogrom in the office of the Tbilisi Pride NGO that was behind the Week of Dignity.
🇬🇪 Durante los incidentes se asaltó la oficina del Orgullo de Tbilisi: se reportaron varios heridos.
La Defensoría del Pueblo condenó la violencia y pidió que se encause judicialmente a los responsables “con todas las consecuencias de la ley”. pic.twitter.com/PfP72rEtvy
— Contraste Geopolítico (@ContrasteGeo) July 5, 2021
Hundreds of LGBT opponents descended on the Pride office in Tbilisi, Georgia in their attempt to prevent a Pride march from taking place. The March for Dignity event, which was supposed to take place on June 5, was subsequently called off.
— RT (@RT_com) July 5, 2021
Meanwhile, the media did not lose chance to label the “defenders of traditional values” as representatives of far-right “pro-Putin” groups… that’s nonsense.
The Week of Dignity in Georgia got off to a rocky start. And this is not surprising at all. Georgia is among the countries that particularly respect their traditions and especially family values.
Apparently, the organizers of the gay pride learned nothing from the last attempt of LGBT community to organize a rally in Tbilisi in 2013, which also ended with mass riots.
Unfortunately, it seems that the Georgians did not know what they were signing up for when changing the country’s political course towards Westernization. As a result, with still no membership in NATO, they got gays and lesbians who declare what is “dignity” in the new Georgia.
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