Counter demonstrators disrupt anti-violence rally in Tbilisi, clash with police
On July 6, a rally took place in the center of Tbilisi in support of the journalists and LGBTQ+ activists who were injured during violent attacks by homophobic demonstrators the day before. Hundreds of people, including queer rights activists and their supporters, gathered outside of the Georgian parliament to protest the street violence that forced rights activists from Tbilisi Pride to cancel a “March of Dignity” planned for the day before. Counter demonstrators also gathered in the area, clashing with police and trying to break through the cordon that separated them from the solidarity rally. They threw stones at law enforcement officers and lit firecrackers. Dozens of people were detained and several police officers were injured. The police cleared the area after several hours — protestors from the anti-violence rally were escorted away in minibuses for safety reasons. According to OC Media, far-right demonstrators then reclaimed the space outside of the parliament and set fire to an EU flag they tore down from outside the building.