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Thousands of People Attack Gay Pride Marchers in Tblisi, Georgia: More VIDEO


This morning I posted some horrific clips of thousands of people attacking Gay Pride marchers in Tblisi, Georgia who had been protected by police before being shipped from the area in buses that were surrounded and assaulted with fists and objects.

At least 17 people have been injured in the violence, Radio Free Europe reports.

One of the antigay activists, Zaza Davitaia, explained why he was against the rally taking place.

"I give my support to those who are gathered here. We are against a rally that contradicts our Georgian morals and traditions," Davitaia said. "[Gay-rights campaigners] receive financial support from some organizations abroad and they wanted to hold a demonstration against Georgian morals."

There were many Orthodox priests among the antigay demonstrators. One of them, Reverend Ioanne, said he wanted to stop LGBT activists from furthering their agenda.

"It's unacceptable in any way, especially today," he said. "It's a plan by some forces, who test our patience, to force us to make a mistake so they can act according to their program."

Twelve were hospitalized, according to Amnesty, including three police officers and a journalist.



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  1. We're jumping the gun on acceptance -- here and abroad. This is serious, but never acknowledged. This could be our future for a few decades at least.

    Posted by: Ed | May 17, 2013 6:45:46 PM

  2. From a country where Josef Stalin is still revered. I've visited. It's a beautiful country (I've visited twice), but when I see this i really question the health of its society.

    Posted by: Wisconsinese | May 17, 2013 7:14:44 PM

  3. This sent shivers down my spine. So mich hate just for loving someone.

    Posted by: Federico Echeverria | May 17, 2013 7:19:09 PM

  4. This is a hate crime, supported and organized by members of the Orthodox clergy. The Eastern Orthodox church, through its various national bodies (Georgian, Russian, Greek, Serbian, Ukrainian, etc.) has become a de facto terrorist organization, and should be investigated by the EU.

    Posted by: Joseph | May 17, 2013 7:24:30 PM

  5. They should've run over those motherfuc*kers.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | May 17, 2013 7:37:36 PM

  6. Just shows how animals come from every denomination.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | May 17, 2013 7:42:33 PM

  7. I agree, Ed. And as per usual it's religious bigots who feel completely justified to destroy the lives and spread hatred against LGBT citizens solely for who we are. Disgusting creatures.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 17, 2013 8:04:51 PM

  8. Ignorance knows no bounds. We've a long way to go.

    Posted by: Casey | May 17, 2013 8:47:28 PM

  9. Catholics are offically anti gay but in the US most ignore them and in Europe no one believes anymore. Since the fall of Communism the Orthodox Church has risen triumphant in the old Soviet countries and is rabidly anti gay and the people by and large support the church on this. The old east rivals Africa for the most homophobic areas left in the world. So Sad. I would love more hot porn from sexy Russian men.

    Posted by: John | May 17, 2013 8:59:04 PM

  10. I really don't understand...on a socio-cultural level...why hatred of gays appears to be so...universal almost. I think that the fear of death has been attached to gay people - they associate gays with not having children, as well as HIV. I think a lot of people see their children as a form of an "afterlife" or a way to live forever...and because gays can't breed themselves they associate gay people as the "death" of their afterlife. It reminds me of Voldemort and his evil desire to "live forever" People like Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum either come from or have very large families, it's this preoccupation with breeding... same with abortion rights. I really don't think these people hate gays, they just hate the idea of dying and are projecting that on gay people perhaps (??).

    Posted by: steve | May 17, 2013 9:13:56 PM

  11. This is so scary to watch.. there's no doubt people would have been murdered by this mob if not for the heavy police presence. Can you imagine sitting in that bus looking at all of that, terrified those lunatics would succeed in breaking the windows?

    Posted by: JMC | May 17, 2013 9:46:38 PM

  12. The only option in the west is to ridicule these people as religious bigots--which they are. They want to be part of the western tradition, but have superstitions that are absolutely medieval. Having overthrown the communists, they think reclaiming traditional beliefs is a way to revive their heritage, when it is simply a step backward into a more barbaric culture. Call the simpletons what they are: primitives.

    Posted by: candideinnc | May 17, 2013 9:59:53 PM

  13. For the time being I hope the gay people of Russia have the sense to stay in the closet. It's the only safe place and no one needs their martyrdom. Russia is hopeless. Face that fact and leave as soon as you can.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 17, 2013 11:50:40 PM

  14. And the disguise of "we want to be part of the western world" fell apart like like a house of cards. They need one century at least. They are at better conditions than Muslim countries though. Barely.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | May 18, 2013 2:27:31 AM

  15. What do you expect from people of the former Soviet Union?

    Posted by: andrew | May 18, 2013 2:37:35 AM

  16. How were seventeen people injured, and twelve hospitalized?

    Posted by: rick scatorum | May 18, 2013 5:15:50 AM

  17. You made me beat you

    Posted by: rick scatorum | May 18, 2013 5:16:34 AM

  18. That's an interesting reading, steve. But I think it's a lot simpler than that. These people get off on hate.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 18, 2013 9:47:44 AM

  19. This is sickening

    Posted by: Reality | May 18, 2013 9:53:20 AM

  20. This is so funny. The gays are trying to psychoanalyse these people's homophobia by claiming their past Soviet experience or even their fear of death is to blame. Of course if these animals were black or hispanic...their race would be called out. Racism by white sodomites is truly amusing. If only men of color would have some self-respect and reject this sick lifetime.

    I will say that I do not approve of any sort of violence. God is the final judge.

    Posted by: helen | May 18, 2013 10:48:37 AM

  21. Lifestyle*

    Posted by: helen | May 18, 2013 10:50:03 AM

  22. Helen,

    This post is about the vicious attack against peaceful protesters who are trying to secure equal rights, not "racism by white sodomites."

    Do try to keep up.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | May 18, 2013 10:56:00 AM

  23. Helen, go back to bed. Start over.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 18, 2013 11:02:54 AM

  24. The EU needs to condemn these barbaric acts with loud denunciations followed by sanctions......

    Georgia was hailed as an anti-Russian ally a few years ago.....but we see the true partisan bigotry of these sectarian oafs now.
    As for the Orthodox Church......well, it's not so far from the Catholic denunciation of us as "intrinsically defective."

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 18, 2013 11:04:42 AM

  25. Both leading parties (Ivanishvili's and Saakashvili's) condemned the violence and blamed each other for it.

    And in case misogynists are still around: theres a photo of a young woman who was injured. She's a journalist who was helping a gay protestor and was attacked for helping him.

    And an elderly woman in tears, according to reports, decried the violence, “Go ahead, kill everyone you are told to hate in the name of God and national values.”

    These are the facts. But some people with mommy issues are immune to them.

    Posted by: KevinVT | May 18, 2013 11:22:26 AM

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