Policemen at the "Amirani" Cinema. Photo by Inna Kukudzhanova for the Caucasian Knot

09 November 2019, 12:04

"Georgian March" leaders demand to release Tbilisi detainees

The organizers of the protest action at the "Amirani" Cinema in Tbilisi have demanded to release all the LGBT opponents, detained during clashes with the police on November 8.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Patriarchy and opponents of LGBT people spoke against the screening of the film "And then we danced", which tells about the love of two performers of Georgian folk dances, in Georgian cinemas. Activists initiated protest actions. On November 8, the day of the film premiere, near the "Amirani" Cinema, protesters launched a confrontation with law enforcers and tried to break through the police cordon. Policemen detained at least 11 people.

The leaders of the "Georgian March" movement have demanded from the Georgian government to release the detained activists, including a priest. They threatened to take action in response to detentions, if they fail to release the detainees; however, they failed to specify their plans, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports from the venue.

According to the movement, almost all the detainees are "Georgian March" activists. The exact number of detainees is still unknown, but it exceeds 11 people; detentions continued after the end of the first film screening, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 9, 2019 at 00:03 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Inna Kukudzhanova; Source: CK correspondent

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