Orthodox Christians break up gay rally in Tbilisi in Georgia - Daily Mail
18 May, 2013
The Daily Mail covered yesterday’s demonstration in Georgia and clashes between the anti-gay protesters and those individuals marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
‘Thousands of anti-gay protesters, including Orthodox priests, picketed a gay pride parade in Georgia, with some threatening to lash homosexual activists with stinging nettles.
Police in Tbilisi guarded several dozen gay activists and bused them out of the city center shortly after they arrived at the gathering.
In extraordinary scenes that saw chaos spread through
the capital, those occupying the street held posters reading 'We don't need Sodom and Gomorrah!' and 'Democracy does not equal immorality!'
Police, however, failed to prevent scuffles, which resulted in 16 people getting injured, the ambulance service said.
A number of protesters carrying bunches of stinging nettles threatened to use them on gay activists. They insist that homosexuality runs against Georgia's traditional Orthodox Christian values.
Father David, a priest who was one of the organizers of Friday's anti-gay rally, said the parade 'insults people's traditions and national sentiments.'
A gay rally in Tbilisi last year was also short-lived and ended in a scuffle.
Georgia's authorities had given the green light for the gay parade to take place, saying that all Georgian citizens, irrespective of their sexuality, are entitled to voice their views in public.
'We are against the propaganda of homosexuality,' 21-year-old student Nikolai Kiladze said.
'If we need to allow parades like this in order to become a member of the European Union or other Western organizations and blocs, then I'm against joining these organizations.'
Georgia's human rights ombudsman, Uchi Nanuashvili, said it is 'deplorable' that gay people's constitutional rights were violated on Rustavi Street on Friday.
Georgia is one of only few countries in the former Soviet bloc that directly prohibits discrimination against homosexuality in law.
Nevertheless, in a highly traditional Orthodox Christian country, where public discussions of sexuality in general tend to be shunned and ignored, homosexuality is considered a major deviation from the norm.
As a result, gay people are often targets of abuse and physical violence,’ the Daily mail reports.

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