Tbilisi Pride said it is canceling LGBTQ+ March for Dignity, citing a lack of safety guarantees by the Georgian Dream Government.
“We cannot come out to the streets full of oppressors supported by the government, patriarchate and pro-Russian forces, and risk the lives of people,” stated the Tbilisi Pride statement.
Rather than taking “effective measures” to protect the fundamental rights of the people, we have seen the government representatives “encourage the violent groups,” Tbilisi Pride said.
“Instead of ensuring the security of the queer community and our allies, the government actively hampered us from enjoying the right to assembly,” the statement added.
Tbilisi Pride argued that during today’s incidents the law enforcement officers “did not respond to violent acts committed in front of their eyes.”
This article was updated.