Orthodox Christians attack gay parade in Georgia
May 19, 2012
Orthodox Christians put a stop to a rare attempt to combat homophobia in Georgia on Thursday.
Around 20 participants in the gay parade had joined the march through the country's capital Tbilisi waving rainbow flags and placards. The march was meant to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), a day for education and tolerance.
Before they could reach the Georgian parliament, a group of Orthodox priests and their supporters stopped the march by shouting abuse, throwing punches, and smashing the signs.
One of the parade's organisers Natia Gvianishvili of rights group Identoba told the Associated Foreign Press: 'This shows that Tbilisi has a long way to go to become a modern European city. We expected a negative reaction but did not expect to be attacked.'