Protests erupt in Georgia after beaten journalist dies

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TBILISI, Georgia: Several 1000 radical protested successful beforehand of the Georgian parliament connected Sunday evening (Jul 11), demanding that the ex-Soviet nation's premier curate resign implicit the decease of a writer who was attacked and beaten by anti-LGBT protesters.

Cameraman Alexander Lashkarava was recovered dormant successful his location by his parent earlier Sunday, according to the TV Pirveli transmission helium worked for. Lashkarava was 1 of respective twelve journalists attacked past Monday by opponents of an LGBT march that had been scheduled to instrumentality spot that time successful the Georgian superior of Tbilisi.

Organizers of the Tbilisi March For Dignity cancelled the event, saying authorities had not provided capable information guarantees. Opponents of the march blocked disconnected the capital’s main avenue, denounced journalists covering the protestation arsenic pro-LGBT propagandists and threw sticks and bottles astatine them.

Lashkarava, according to his workfellow Miranda Baghaturia, was beaten by a mob of 20 people. Local TV channels aboriginal showed him with bruises connected his look and humor connected the level astir him. Media reports accidental helium sustained aggregate injuries and had to acquisition country but was discharged from a infirmary connected Thursday.

The origin of his decease was not instantly clear.

Police launched an probe into Lashkarava's death, which Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and President Salome Zurabishvili some described arsenic "a tragedy".

Animosity against intersexual minorities is beardown successful the blimpish Black Sea federation of Georgia.

The Tbilisi Pride radical said Monday that opponents of the planned march were supported by the authorities and by the Georgian Orthodox Church. The Open Caucasus Media radical published a photograph of a antheral it said was a section TV writer being pulled distant from the country successful a headlock by an Orthodox priest.

Zurabishvili condemned the violence, but Garibashvili alleged the march was organized by “radical opposition” forces that helium claimed were led by exiled erstwhile President Mikheil Saakashvili.

A ample assemblage of protesters that gathered successful Tbilisi connected Sunday demanded that authorities punish those liable for the onslaught connected journalists and urged Garibashvili to measurement down. Some protesters blamed the premier curate for enabling the unit by publically denouncing the LGBT march.

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