EU slams attack on gay rights rally

AFP-JIJI

The European Union on Monday condemned the violent disruption of a gay rights rally in Georgia by thousands of ultra-conservative Orthodox church supporters led by priests.

The EU office in Georgia’s capital said in a statement it “was dismayed by the scenes of brutal intolerance and violence committed by some demonstrators on 17 May with a declared desire to prevent other demonstrators from expressing themselves peacefully.”

Scores of gay rights activists were forced Friday to flee a rally in Tbilisi organized to mark International Day against Homophobia, after thousands of Orthodox supporters headed by black-robed priests broke through police cordons.

Activists had to board buses provided by police to escape the mob, which charged after them across Tbilisi’s main square hurling stones, breaking windows and threatening to kill them.

  • Norman Dostal

    savages! Hunt those priests down and execute them!