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European Human Rights Court Rules in Favor of Georgian Gay Rights Activists

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Georgian gay rights activists won a small victory after the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on May 12 that Georgian authorities must compensate gay-rights activists after they failed to protect them from assaults at a gay-pride event in May 2012 reports RFERL.org

The 2012 incident involved activists attempting to host the nation's first gay pride march in Tbilisi to celebrate the U.N.'s International Day Against Homophobia. However, orthodox clerics and activists attempted to block the peaceful LGBT activists; many of the LGBT activists suffered physical and verbal assaults at the hands of the orthodox activists. 

LGBT Tbilisi-based group Identoba and dozens of other activists are expect to receive between 1,500 and 4,000 euros ($1,675-$4,465) in compensation from the government. The ECHR also ruled that a violation of Article 3 occurred that prohibits individuals from enduring inhuman or degrading treatment in conjunction with a violation of Article 14 that bans outright discrimination.

Since 2012's event Georgian LGBT activists have experienced escalating violence at demonstrations and rallies from Georgian Orthodox Church clerics and proponents.


Orthodox Christians Destroy Gay Activists in New Facebook Game: VIDEO

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Remember the violent attack by thousands of Orthodox Christians on Gay Pride marchers in Tblisi, Georgia last month?

It's now a game on Facebook.

Watch a demo of the app, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gay Gamer writes:

In Call of Taburetka, or Call of the Stool, players control a stool-wielding priest as they beat their way through hordes of LGBT activists, flying homosexuals, and evacuation buses. The priest seems to magically float up and down the screen, endless shooter style, firing stools at the oncoming queers. The more gays and vehicles you take down the higher your score goes.

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

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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.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Parade Marchers, Buses Come Under Attack by Violent Mob in Tblisi, Georgia: VIDEO

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Alarming and terrifying scenes out of Tblisi, Georgia today where a Gay Pride rally was abandoned after thousands of people in an angry mob descended upon the marchers.

Watch two videos of the mob I discovered this morning, AFTER THE JUMP...

Police guarded the several dozen activists before they could board buses to be evacuated from the area. Even then, as the buses departed, the violent mobs surrounded them, chanting and beating on the windows.

The AP reports:

"Protesters, who included Orthodox priests, insist that homosexuality runs against Georgia's traditional Orthodox Christian values. Authorities in Georgia had given the green light to the gay parade, saying that all Georgian citizens irrespective of their sexuality are entitled to voice their views in public."

Reuters adds:

Holding banners saying "Stop Homosexual Propaganda in Georgia!" and "Not in our city!", the demonstrators swarmed into a square in central Tbilisi where about 50 Georgians were rallying in support of gay rights. Police escorted the gay rights supporters onto buses and drove them away to avoid violence.

Several people, including some journalists, received minor injuries, Georgian media said.

"We won't allow these sick people to hold gay parades in our country," said Zhuzhuna Tavadze, brandishing a bunch of nettles and adding that she was ready to fight.

"It's against our traditions and our morals."

Later in the evening, rowdy crowds took to the streets and started shouting at people they thought might be homosexual.

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