Arrested after the death of a journalist

Photos of cameraman Alexander Laschkarawa killed by a right-wing mob in Tbilisi in July Image: Reuters

The Georgian Prime Minister reports that 120 people have been arrested. Attacks by anti-gay activists on journalists must be investigated and clarified, he said.

120 people have been arrested after anti-gay activists attacked several journalists in the Black Sea Republic of Georgia. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said on Saturday, according to Georgian media. All the circumstances should be investigated as quickly as possible and the perpetrators should be punished appropriately.

About two weeks ago, riots broke out in the capital Tbilisi over a dispute over a protest for the rights of gay, bisexual and transgender people. Several media representatives were also attacked. TV journalist Alexander Laschkarawa died a few days after being beaten. The excess of violence has also caused horror abroad.

Although the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is striving to join the EU with a pro-Western policy, there are strong conservative forces in the South Caucasus country with an influential Orthodox Church fighting against liberal ideas.

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