Interior Ministry calls on groups opposed to Tbilisi Pride Week to respect the law

Georgia’s Interior Ministry on Saturday appealed to groups opposing the Tbilisi Pride Week events to abide by the law and pledged to ensure public order, security and freedom of expression and meeting of “each individual”.

In its statement, the ministry said it was in “constant communication” with the organizers of Tbilisi Pride Week to ensure that the planned events would take place safely, and noted that officers of the forces of the order would be “mobilized on all the sites” hosting the planned events to avoid “an artificial escalation”. ”.

The state body also called on media representatives to coordinate with the ministry’s strategic communications department when covering the events, and urged them to follow the instructions of law enforcement officers issued for security reasons.

Groups opposed to the Tbilisi Pride Week events were also urged ‘not to overstep the bounds of the right to assembly and demonstration’, with the state body noting that ‘every instance’ of violations would be avoided and that a “strict legal response” would follow.

The ministry also noted that 26 participants in a rally against an ongoing Pride Week event were arrested in the early hours of Saturday for “disorderly conduct”.

The arrests were made near the city’s Mtatsminda Park and included two leaders of the right-wing Alt-Info media platform which announced a planned action against Pride Week ahead of the event.

Betty K. Park